Associate Level

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

If you are involved in departmental activities that align with CIRTL core ideas or wish to design your own UB CIRTL experience, see below for information on UB CIRTL’s Individualized Program.

Requirements for Associate Level

The following steps outline the basic requirements for each UB CIRTL certification level. The certificate program is open to all UB graduate 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.

Participate in a Learning Community (minimum of four hours total)

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 relationship among its members.

Options for learning community (LC) participation include local UB CIRTL, departmental, CIRTL Network and MOOC LCs.

Documentation verifying your participation in a LC 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.

Cornell University's website is an excellent resource for information on teaching philosophy statements.

The CIRTL Network offers teaching philosophy statement workshops throughout the year.

Individualized Program

The CIRTL@UB Individualized Program is for those who wish to tailor the program to a specific field of study or interest.

Individual programs must integrate CIRTL core ideas of Teaching-as-Research, Learning Communities and Learning-through-diversity and must meet the minimum hours of activity required.

Attend a CIRTL@UB Learning Community Meeting to get more information about the Individualized Program.

Individualized Program Guidelines for Associate Level

Complete approximately 15 hours of activities related to CIRTL core ideas

Participation verification for activities may be required.

Example activities:

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.

Cornell University's website is an excellent resource for information on teaching philosopgy statements.

The CIRTL Network offers teaching philosophy statement workshops throughout the year.

Advanced Graduate Certificate In Teaching College Students

Completion of this advanced certificate program fulfills all UB CIRTL requirements and qualifies certificate holders for UB CIRTL Associate, Practitioner and Scholar certificates.

The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Teaching College Students is offered by the Graduate School of Education.

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