Certificate in Teaching

Certificate in University Teaching

The Center’s Certificate in University Teaching documents graduate students’ professional development through the process of critically reflecting on university teaching in general and their own practices in particular.

To earn the Certificate, you are required to:

  • Attend the Workshop on Teaching in the fall and submit a Workshop Journal.

  • Complete your department’s pedagogy course.

    • Please note that TA prep courses do not count as an advanced pedagogy course in your department.
    • If your department does not currently offer such a course, you should collaborate with one or more faculty members and other interested graduate students to organize 20 hours of meeting time investigating the following questions: What skills and knowledge are undergraduates expected to acquire in order to earn the baccalaureate? What assignments and related activities will allow students to practice learning these skills and knowledge?
    • If you cannot find interested faculty members, the Center strongly urges you to pursue the remaining requirements as the steps to earning the Certificate strengthen your abilities to speak and write persuasively about your pedagogical goals and strategies, collect feedback on your teaching, and reflect critically and practically about student learning. You may request a letter from the Director of the Center confirming your attendance and completion of all other requirements.
  • Receive an Individual Teaching Consultation.
  • Participate in Preparing Future Faculty Series of Seminars and Workshops. Each of these are offered once per quarter. Sign up Here.
    • The following sessions are required for the certificate, though we encourage you to participate in our other workshops and seminars as well: Seminar on Course Design, Workshop on Course Design, Seminar on Teaching Portfolios, Workshop on Teaching Portfolios
  • Submission of a completed Teaching Portfolio, which should include:
    • Table of Contents
    • Teaching Documents
      • Philosophy of Teaching Statement (maximum 2 pages)
      • Teaching Biography
      • Teaching Strategies (optional)
      • Approach to Grading (optional)
      • Appendix: Syllabuses, Assignment Guidelines, Rubrics, Student Work, and other documents supporting student learning.
    • Professional Development
      • Essay on Teaching Effectiveness (maximum 2 pages)
      • List of Seminars, Courses, Workshops on Teaching, Etc.
      • Teaching Awards: Prize Lectureships, Departmental Awards (as applicable)
      • Student Evaluation Tally (1 or more)
      • ITC Feedback Form
      • Other Feedback
  • Exit Interview with the Chicago Center for Teaching, which can be scheduled when the Teaching Portfolio is submitted to teaching@college.uchicago.edu.

After you have decided to pursue the Certificate, register with the Center’s Program Coordinator by filling out this form.