CIRTL@UB awards three successive levels of nationally-recognized certifications to endorse and highlight your achievement to prospective employers. Each of these programs may be tailored to your field of interest, to create an individualized program.
The following steps outline the basic requirements for each certification. Certificate programs are open to all UB graduate students and postdocs, and all requirements can be achieved at no cost.
CIRTL practitioners have a level of knowledge and skills that allow them to be scholarly teachers, where they are able to use teaching-as-research to improve their teaching practice.
Associate-level certification must be achieved before beginning the practitioner-level certificate program.
Advancing Learning Through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching is one example of a TAR course that is offered each semester through the CIRTL Network.
Learning communities bring together groups of people for shared learning, discovery and generation of knowledge.
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).
Teaching-as-research is the deliberate, systematic and reflective use of research methods by instructors to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of both students and teachers
The CIRTL Network offers training related to designing, implementing and presenting TAR projects. Completion of a TAR course will help with the formulation of a good research question for a TAR project, as well as help with the design and implementation of a TAR project.
After completing a TAR project, a two-page report to summarize your project design, methods and findings is required. Submission of this report will be used to evaluate requests for practitioner 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, contact a CIRTL@UB administrator.