Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Technical Subjects

Requirements | Required Courses

The program is designed for graduate students interested in the integration of technical building and engineering information with the design education process. Courses combine design and technical subjects in architecture: environmental building systems; construction methods; and materials, enclosure and structural systems.

Students who pursue this certificate typically focus their research on curriculum, tools, and strategies for teaching, and concentrate on structural design, construction materials and processes, or environmental control systems. A minimum of 24 credits is required. Twelve of the 24 credits may be used to fulfill master degree requirements.

The program is designed for graduate students interested in teaching during their architectural careers and can be acquired as they pursue a master of architecture, master of science, or master of interior architecture degree programs.

Participating students are challenged to develop an area of experience in one or more of these subject areas in curriculum, understand critical principles and concepts, issues of sustainability within the discipline, curricular innovation, as well as how theoretical and pragmatic issues are carried into practice.

Contact Teaching in Technical Subjects Director Alison Kwok for more information.

All students pursuing graduate certificates along with their graduate degree programs must complete the Declaration of Graduate Certificate form. It must be submitted to the Division of Graduate Studies within one term after admission to the certificate program. The School of Architecture & Environment Manager of Student Services can assist students in signing and sending this form to the Division of Graduate Studies. Visit the Division of Graduate Studies Academic Forms page to download the Declaration of Graduate Certificate form.

Requirements (24 Credits)

Students in the Technical Teaching Certificate program must complete a minimum of 24 approved credits in teaching and advanced technical subjects, with proficiency in at least one technical subject area. Twelve credits must be selected from the core technical teaching courses. Required core courses for the master’s degree do not satisfy certificate requirements (with the exception of a pre-approved intermediate design studio emphasizing building technology).

In the normal track of obtaining the technical teaching certificate, students should take 12 credits beyond those required for the degree and will need to carefully plan to take a full load each term and/or enroll in summer classes. Students with advanced standing (through exception as transfer credits or waived courses) may be able to complete the certificate requirements within the same timeframe and the required credits for their master of architecture, master of interior architecture or master of science degree. The certificate director will review and approve such exceptions.

Students not enrolled in the University of Oregon Architecture program must complete a minimum of 18 credits in advanced technology and technical teaching courses taught at the University of Oregon but can also receive up to six credits for courses taught at a home institution or in a professional office. The certificate director will review and approve such work. Non-architecture students interested in the certificate program should discuss specific details and course approvals with the certificate director or academic advisor.

Required Courses

Technical Teaching Core Requirements (minimum 12 credits)

These individualized courses are designed to allow the student to initiate a program of self-directed study focusing on particular technical topics. To register for these courses, students should first develop a course of study with an appropriate instructor and signature and complete the department individualized study form. The form is submitted to department academic advisor who will clear the student to register for the course.

ARCH 580 Supervised Design Teaching
1-3 Credits (Repeatable)
ARCH 602 Supervised College Teaching
1-6 Credits (Repeatable)
ARCH 609 Student Teaching Practicum
3-6 Credits (Repeatable)
ARCH 610 History and Theory of Building Technology
3 Credits
ARCH 619 Terminal Project
3 Credits
ARCH 661 Teaching Technical Subjects in Architecture
1-6 Credits (Repeatable)
ARCH 690 Teaching Technology in Architectural Design
3 Credits

Individualized study courses (ARCH/IARC 601: Research; ARCH/IARC 605: Reading and Conference, ARCH/IARC 606: Special Problems, ARCH 619/IARC 611: Terminal Project, and ARCH 620/678: Research Methods in Sustainable Design) may count toward the technical teaching core credits with review and approval by the certificate director of the teaching content.

Advanced Electives in Technology (minimum 12 credits)

A variety of elective courses are offered during the year which may be counted toward the 12 advanced technology credits for the certificate. Seminar topics and experimental courses (507 and 510) may change and it is recognized that while some of the courses indicated as electives below may not be offered every year, other relevant courses may be offered.

ARCH/IARC 507 Advanced Technology seminars, High Performance Buildings, Case Studies in Sustainable Design, Green Building Design: In Detail, Ecology of Building Materials
ARCH/IARC 510 Advanced Technology courses, Green Design and Build for Residential Interiors, Oregon BILDS: Sustainable Construction at the Building Site, Passive Heating and Cooling Seminar
ARCH 524 Advanced Design-Development Media
IARC 573 Working Drawings in Interior Architecture
ARCH 574 Preservation and Restoration Technology
ARCH/IARC 584 Architectural Design or IARC 586: Furniture Design
IARC 592 Electric Lighting
ARCH 595 Daylighting
ARCH 596 The Window
ARCH 598 Energy Scheming
ARCH 606 Special Topics (individualized study with a faculty advisor)
ARCH 633 History of Sustainable Design