General FAQs

What are the benefits of the CICT?

In addition to the overarching benefits outlined in the CICT’s mission and outcomes, the CICT can directly benefit candidates in the following ways:

 Because the CICT is a voluntary, non-credit program, it stands out on candidates’ resumes/CVs, demonstrating that they went “above and beyond” to seek out teaching improvement opportunities.

 The CICT can be especially beneficial to those candidates who plan on entering academia. While graduate-level programs provide training in candidates’ content areas, the vast majority do not include formal trainings for teaching. Under the current job expectations in higher education, academics have to balance their research responsibilities while also teaching a partial or full course load. Given these realities, earning the CICT would strengthen the CVs of candidates seeking positions in higher education (e.g. professors).

 The CICT’s requirements include the creation of professional development materials that are used frequently in the job market, particularly the Digital Teaching Portfolio. By pursuing the CICT, the candidate will finish the program not only with a certificate, but also with a completed portfolio that the candidate can (and should!) use in future job applications/interviews.

Can/should I still pursue the CICT if I’m not planning on teaching at the college level?

Yes, you can pursue the CICT regardless of the specific field you plan on entering in the future. For example, we’ve had candidates entering K-12 teaching who wished to extend their teaching experiences and bolster their resumes. However, to ensure that the CICT will help support your professional development, it is important to review how the CICT mission and outcomes match your goals.

How do I go about asking student(s) permission to use their materials (e.g., assignments) or image (e.g., in video clips) in my Digital Teaching Portfolio?

Similar to the VTC requirement, you will need to obtain students’ permission to use their materials or images in your portfolio. Use this consent and release form. When seeking students’ permission, make sure you are being transparent and specific about which materials you would like to use, and why. Also, be mindful of the power differential between you and your students, making sure they authentically wish to share their materials/image and do not feel pressured to do so. I have more questions/would like extra support. Do you offer individual meetings?
Absolutely! We are always available for one-on-one consultations with candidates here in our office. Feel free to reach out to OAI’s Graduate Assistant, Ariel Carter-Rodriguez (cariel@pdx.edu) to set up an appointment.

What is the easiest way to find the OAI office? I keep getting lost!
Our office can be tricky to find because it’s on the second-floor mezzanine. The easiest route is to enter Smith Memorial Student Union’s main lobby through the main entrance on Broadway. Then take the elevator directly in front of you to the 2nd floor. That will drop you off right outside OAI.