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Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Announces New Doctor of Philosophy Teaching Certificate

November 19, 2015

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary takes great pride in offering a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program that not only equips graduates to be exceptional scholars but also outstanding educators. Now, Garrett-Evangelical PhD students will have the opportunity to earn a PhD Teaching Certificate as a part of their degree program.

The PhD Teaching Certificate program provides students opportunities to become reflective practitioners who examine teaching philosophies and practices in their academic disciplines. It also helps students shape and form their own teaching practices under supervision and prepare a teaching portfolio in anticipation of future employment in the academy. In addition, students will foster relationships with fellow PhD students that will support and sustain them over the course of the program.

“We’re delighted to offer our PhD students this additional preparation for the complex vocational tasks of teaching in seminaries, colleges, and universities,” said Dr. David Hogue, professor of pastoral theology and counseling and director of the PhD program at Garrett-Evangelical. “I am grateful for Dr. Jack Seymour’s guidance on developing this program over the past several years. The teaching certificate will sharpen students’ skills and be formally acknowledged by schools and other organizations who will be considering our students for teaching positions.”

PhD students who successfully complete a PhD teaching seminar, two teaching assistant (TA) experiences, three TA case conferences, four teaching workshops, and a teaching portfolio will have the teaching certificate listed on their academic transcript.

The Doctor of Philosophy program at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary prepares teachers and scholars for work in seminaries, church-related colleges, universities, denominations, ecumenical agencies, and local congregations. While the program is centered at Garrett-Evangelical, it draws on faculty resources at Northwestern University; the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS), which includes four seminaries with PhD programs; and other approved universities. Students may specialize in one of six concentrations. Applications are due January 20, 2016. Learn more at