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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

Eligibility:

  • Be a graduate student at Duquesne University when enrolling in and completing the program
  • Serve in a University-recognized teaching capacity as a TA, Adjunct, or GA with significant teaching responsibilties such as grading, tutoring, lab instruction, teaching online, etc..
  • Enroll at least three months prior to intended graduation date.
  • Applicants for the Advanced Certificate must have completed the Certificate of University Teaching program prior to enrolling and submitting documentation for the Advanced Certificate.

Responsibilities:

  • Meet with a CTE consultant and complete an application form in order to enroll in either certificate program.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to keep track of all dates and provide documentation for any components of the certificate program fulfilled outside of CTE.
  • All certificate materials must be completed by the applicant and approved by a CTE consultant prior to the applicant's graduation from Duquesne University.
  • A workshop, book study, or departmental event may only fulfill one requirement on either certificate list.
  • 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:

  • Certificate recipients will recognized at the annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence as well as on the CTE website.

Certificate of University Teaching

Requirements
Graduate students will attend CTE Teaching Orientation for TA's or Adjuncts as well as teach at Duquesne University for two semesters by the time of program completion.

Mastery of Basics of Teaching: Workshops
Graduate student will attend at least one CTE or departmental session that fills each of the six general categories on the mastery of basics of teaching. Scroll up to Workshops Organized by Semester and Category on the righthand side of the screen to see how workshops for previous and current semesters have been categorized.

Feedback on Teaching
Graduate student 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 are recommended.

Professional Interactions about Teaching and Learning
Graduate student will complete one professional interaction about teaching and learning.

Final Project
Graduate student will complete a teaching portfolio.

Advanced Certificate of University Teaching

Requirements for Enrollment
Graduate student 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
Graduate student will attend one CTE or departmental session that fills four general categories on the mastery of basics of teaching, as specified on the checklist. Scroll up to Workshops Organized by Semester and Category on the righthand side of the screen to see how workshops from previous and current semesters have been categorized.

Feedback on Teaching
Graduate student 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
Graduate students will complete two professional interactions about teaching, in addition to the one completed in the previous program.

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

To download important documents for the Certificate or Advanced Certificate of University Teaching please refer to Important Documents on the righthand side of the screen.