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Graduate Student Certificate of University Teaching

The Center for Teaching Excellence offers a non-credit certificate program for graduate students who are teaching assistants for McAnulty College, the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, the Mylan School of Pharmacy, and the School Psychology Program in the School of Education.

Research has shown that graduate students who participate in professional development programs, like the Certificate of University Teaching here at Duquesne, develop greater competence and confidence, and create connections with other TAs and faculty that help them cultivate and reflect on good teaching practices.

Recent Certificate Recipients affirm the role the program has played in helping them develop as TAs and in preparing for the job market. Read what they have to say about the Certificate Program:

"The certificate program really helped me to become a more reflective instructor, and I saw tremendous improvement in the effectiveness of my teaching."

"I strongly believe that I have grown as a teacher-scholar by enrolling in this program. My growth has occurred not only through attending workshops, but also through the more reflective elements of the program (observations, teaching philosophy, professional interactions)."

"As a TA I have limited ability to try new approaches now, but am excited to try several teaching strategies in the future! Even though I will not be applying for teaching jobs for another year or so, I think the portfolio I put together [for the certificate] will be a great foundation that I can tailor more specifically to each job application. I hope to add to the portfolio as I continue to TA."

"The workshops, more than anything, helped boost my confidence as an instructor and allowed me to begin to engage in dialogues with professors. As a TA in these workshops, I felt very much a colleague of the instructors across the campus and loved the support I got in my development as a teacher."

Learn more about the Certificate Program available for your school by clicking on the appropriate link below.


Bayer School

McAnulty College

Mylan School of Pharmacy

School Psychology