Creative Thinking at Work

This 15 credit graduate certificate in Critical and Creative Thinking trains people to tackle challenging real-life problems, generate new ideas, and take them through to realization in their various educational, professional, artistic, and social settings. Innovative and inspiring teachers introduce a variety of approaches to invention, dialogue, listening, and teamwork that promote creativity. Certificate students learn to confront ambiguous and complex problems, reflect deeply and bring insights to the surface, transform the giving of feedback into a mutual learning experience, build relationships of trust and enthusiastic acceptance of diverse perspectives, articulate a practical vision, and collaborate in bringing it to fruition.
CCT Certificate students take CrCrTh 601 and CrCrTh 602, three other courses, and complete an exit performance as part of one of the courses taken.
CCT Masters students, graduate students from other programs, advanced undergraduates, and special students are welcome to enroll in individual courses.


    For timing and frequency of course offerings, see provisional longer-term plan.
    All courses offered as hybrid =students from a distance brought into face2facesections or OL =only online

Required courses

CrCrTh 601 Critical Thinking, alternates hybrid & OL in fall semesters
CrCrTh 602 Creative Thinking, alternates hybrid & OL in spring semesters


CrCrTh 611 Seminar in Critical Thinking (focus varies), summer semester, even years (Current focus: "Design for Living Complexities")
CrCrTh 612 Seminar in Creativity (focus varies), alternates hybrid & OL in summer semester
CrCrTh 616 Dialogue Processes, OL in fall of even years
CrCrTh 618 Creative Thinking, Collaboration and Organizational Change, hybrid in summer of odd years, OL in fall of even years
CrCrTh 630 Creativity in the Literature and Arts, hybrid in fall odd years
CrCrTh 670 Thinking, Learning and Computers (focus: "Digital literacies and collaboration"), hybrid in spring even years

Additional electives in which to undertake exit performance

CrCrTh 688Reflective Practice, hybrid in fall or spring semesters
CrCrTh 692 Processes of Research and Engagement, hybrid, fall
CrCrTh 693 Action Research for Educational, Professional and Personal Change, hybrid, spring

For more information, please contact the Program Office, email, or view the CCT Program handbook (linked to CCT home page.

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Last update 17 April 2018