College Teaching Certificate Pre-2016 Requirements

In Autumn 2016, we implemented new requirements for the College Teaching Certificate. Graduate students and postdocs who began at UChicago in Autumn 2016 or later must satisfy the revised requirements. Graduate students and postdocs who entered UChicago before Autumn 2016 may choose to earn their teaching certificate following the current requirements OR the pre-2016 requirements outlined below.


This program aims to help graduate students and postdocs to:

1. Develop and critically reflect on their teaching practice as they take up teaching opportunities at the University.
2. Discuss and appraise key pedagogical principles and frameworks, and implement them in the design of a new course.
3. Receive constructive, confidential feedback on their teaching.
4. Articulate a meaningful, student-centered approach to teaching, expressed in a statement of teaching philosophy and demonstrated in a teaching portfolio

Program Requirements

To register for the program and enroll in the Pre-2016 Requirements Canvas site, where you may log the completion of requirements and track your progress, please contact Julie A. Hanlon, .

I.  Pedagogical Training

1.  Attend Teaching@Chicago

The Teaching@Chicago Conference (formerly known as The Annual Workshop on Teaching in the College) is an orientation to teaching at UChicago for first time teaching assistants, interns, and instructors, and is an important first step in developing your teaching skills. Held each fall the week before classes start, the program provides initial guidance on your role as a graduate teacher.

2. Complete Your Department’s Pedagogy Course

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, you should attend the course offered by the Chicago Center for Teaching on Course Design and College Teaching (CCTE 50000).

* Please note that TA prep courses do not count as an advanced pedagogy course in your department.

3. Participate in the Seminar and Workshop on Course Design

The Seminar on Course Design and the Workshop on Course Design, offered each quarter by the CCT, provide guidance on how to think through the elements of student-centered course design and the opportunity to receive guided peer feedback on a draft syllabus. While these sessions are required, we also encourage you to participate in our other workshops and seminars as well.

II. Practice and Feedback

1.     Participate in an Individual Teaching Consultation (ITC)

Observation and feedback is a key step for developing your teaching.  The CCT offers ITCs to instructors as a way to receive confidential, constructive feedback on their teaching.

III. Document Your Teaching

1.     Participate in the Seminar and Workshop on Teaching Portfolios

The Seminar, regularly offered by the CCT, provides guidance on how to write a statement of teaching philosophy and construct a teaching portfolio. The Workshop—to be completed after participating in the Seminar—provides a venue for guided peer feedback on the teaching statement and other elements of the portfolio in progress.

2.     Submit your teaching portfolio and review requirements

Once all requirements have been satisfied, submit your final teaching portfolio to the CCT to certify your completion of the program. CCT staff will review your materials, certify that you have completed all requirements, and issue your certificate.

If you began at UChicago prior to Autumn of 2016 and would like to pursue the College Teaching Certificate with the Pre-2016 Requirements, please send an email with your CNetID to Julie Hanlon at to be formally enrolled in the Pre-2016 Requirements Canvas Site, where you can log the completion of requirements and track your progress.