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Graduate Student Certificate of University Teaching

The Center for Teaching Excellence is delighted to offer the Certificate of University Teaching, which provides an excellent opportunity for graduate students to document their college teaching in preparation for faculty careers.

Both the Certificate of University Teaching and the Advanced Certificate of University Teaching are non-credit programs designed to help graduate student teaching assistants grow as teacher-scholars.

Congratulations to all the Recipients of the Certificate of University Teaching!

Guidelines and Requirements for Applicants

Please read the following list of guidelines and requirements before enrolling in the appropriate program.

The applicant must:

  • Meet with a CTE consultant and complete an application form in order to enroll in either certificate program.
  • Be a graduate teaching assistant at Duquesne University when enrolling in the program.
  • Be a graduate student at Duquesne University while completing the program (though TA status might change).
  • Enroll at least three months prior to intended graduation date.

Applicants for the Advanced Certificate must have completed the Certificate program prior to enrolling and submitting documentation for the Advanced Certificate.

Responsibilities:

  • This is a self-paced program.  Note that all certificate materials must be completed and approved by a CTE consultant prior to the applicant’s graduation from Duquesne University.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to keep track of all dates and provide print documentation for the fulfillment of each program requirement.  Please provide photocopies of any original documents (e.g., attendance letters from CTE, Blackboard certificates, teaching observations, etc.).
  • A workshop, book study, or departmental event may only fulfill one requirement on either certificate checklist.
  • Recent activities completed by the applicant at Duquesne University prior to enrollment can count toward the completion of the Certificate as long as the applicant can provide proper documentation.
  • The applicant will receive the official certificate only after a CTE consultant has determined that the applicant’s file is complete.
  • A certificate advisory group consisting of faculty and graduate students is responsible for making final decisions on any exceptional or indeterminate elements of an applicant’s file.

Recognition:

  • Applicants who complete the certificate program prior to February 24, 2012 will be recognized at the annual spring Celebration of Teaching Excellence.
  • All certificate recipients will also be recognized on the CTE website.

Certificate of University Teaching

Requirements for Enrollment
TA will attend TA/Adjunct Teaching Orientation or equivalent as well as teach at Duquesne University for two semesters by the time of program completion.

Mastery of Basics of Teaching: Workshops
TA will attend one CTE or departmental session that fills each of the six general categories on the mastery of basics of teaching, as specified on the checklist. See how workshops for Fall 2013 have been categorized here.

Feedback on Teaching
TA will be observed by two different faculty members, who will provide the TA with a written observation and engage in a follow-up discussion.  Observations from two different semesters recommended.

Professional Interactions about Teaching and Learning
TA will complete ONE professional interaction about teaching and learning.

Final Project
TA will complete a teaching portfolio.

Important Documents for Certificate Applicants:

Certificate Checklist, which lists all program requirements,  to be completed electronically by applicant and approved by CTE consultant

Documentation Form, to be completed by applicant for any departmental event that fulfills a requirement of the program

Observation Form, which can be used for faculty observations

Advanced Certificate of University Teaching

Requirements for Enrollment
TA will complete the Certificate of University Teaching Program as well as teach at Duquesne University for two additional semesters, for a total of four semesters, by the time of program completion.

Mastery of Basics of Teaching: Workshops
TA will attend one CTE or departmental session that fills four general categories on the mastery of basics of teaching, as specified on the checklist. See how Fall 2013 workshops have been categorized here.

Feedback on Teaching
TA will both observe a peer and be observed by a peer. Each observation will involve a written observation form and follow-up discussion.

Professional Interactions about Teaching and Learning
TA will complete two professional interactions about teaching, in addition to the one completed in the previous program.

Final Project
TA will complete a more substantial teaching portfolio, building on the one compiled for the Certificate program.

Important Documents for Advanced Certificate Applicants:

Advanced Certificate Checklist, which lists all program requirements,  to be completed electronically by applicant and approved by CTE consultant

Documentation Form, to be completed by applicant for any departmental event that fulfills a requirement of the program

Observation Form, which can be used for peer observations