Certifications

CIRTL@UB awards three successive levels of nationally recognized certification — associate-level, practitioner-level and scholar-level — to endorse and highlight your achievement to prospective employers. You may also tailor each of these programs to your field of study, or interest, to create an individualized program.

These programs are designed to further your UB graduate or postdoc experience in concert with your current program and duties. Certification levels must be completed successively.

CIRTL associates have the knowledge and skills to be effective teachers, where they are able to implement research-based best practices in different learning environments.

Requirements for Associate-Level Certification

The following steps outline the basic requirements for associate-level certification. This certificate program is open to all UB graduate students and postdocs, and all requirements can be achieved at no cost.

Attend Teaching Seminars

The teaching seminars provide valuable knowledge on best practices in teaching and learning.

Graduate students must complete the Conference for Graduate Teaching Assistants and the Effective Teaching Seminar Series.

Postdoctoral scholars must complete the Postdoctoral Teaching Training for Academic Careers Seminar Series.

Participate in a Learning Community (Minimum of Four Hours)

Learning communities bring together groups of people for shared learning, discovery and generation of knowledge. To achieve common learning goals, a learning community nurtures functional relationships among its members.

Options for learning community participation include: university-level learning communities, departmental learning communities, CIRTL Network learning communities and MOOC learning communities.

Documentation verifying your participation in a learning community is required (e.g., certificate of participation, letter verifying participation).

Develop a Two-Page Teaching Philosophy Statement

A teaching philosophy statement conveys your particular perspective on teaching and learning, and how it does — or would — play out in the classroom. The CIRTL Network offers teaching philosophy statement workshops throughout the year.

Cornell University's website provides an excellent resource regarding teaching philosophy statements.

Individualized Program Guidelines for Associate-Level Certification

The individualized program is for those who wish to tailor the original certificate program to a specific field of study or interest. Individual programs must integrate the three CIRTL core ideas: teaching-as-research, learning communities and learning-through-diversity, and must meet the minimum hours of activity required.

For more information about the individualized program, attend a CIRTL@UB Learning Community meeting.

Complete 15 Hours of Activities Related to CIRTL Core Ideas

Participation verification for activities may be required. Some example activities include:.

Develop a Two-Page Teaching Philosophy Statement

A teaching philosophy statement conveys your particular perspective on teaching and learning, and how it does — or would — play out in the classroom. The CIRTL Network offers teaching philosophy statement workshops throughout the year.

Cornell University's website provides an excellent resource regarding teaching philosophy statements.

Complete associate-level certification requirements?

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