Certificate Levels

CIRTL@UArizona participants advance through three different levels of accomplishment by taking a combination of workshops and courses, designing a TAR project or co-teaching, and presenting and/or publishing on their classroom research. All three levels are valuable and designed to enhance your teaching practice and ability to talk about and reflect on your teaching. Within each level, there are least two pathways to choose from. Click on the drop-down menus below to read about the criteria required to meet each level.

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Participation at this level focuses on taking a pedagogy course in evidence-based teaching, participating in a learning community, and taking at least one teaching workshop in an area of interest. By the end of this level, participants will be able to talk more elegantly about their teaching, recognize themes from the field of SoTL (scholarship of teaching and learning), and bring tips and insights back to their classroom(s). Successfully reaching this level typically takes 1-3 semesters. To achieve the Associate Level, participants can choose one of two (2) pathways:

Option A:

  1. Complete the introductory 2-credit course in UArizona' Graduate Certificate in College Teaching, IA 697a Learner-Centered Teaching. This course, offered every semester through UArizona’s Office of Instruction and Assessment (OIA), provides a foundation in learner-centered teaching and introduces participants to the scholarship of college-level teaching and learning, approaches to course and lesson design, techniques to assess active and collaborative learning, and reflective teaching practices.
  2. Participate in a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) at UArizona for one semester. These informal weekly gatherings focus on topics related to pedagogy and teaching (such as hybrid learning, teaching writing, or online writing instruction) and provide rich opportunities for dialogue and learning.
  3. Participate in a workshop on teaching on the CIRTL Network or at UArizona (*if you'd like a local workshop to count, please submit this form for approval).

 

Option B:

  1. Complete a CIRTL Network course on evidence-based teaching methods, such as the "Introduction to Evidence-Based STEM Teaching" MOOC. This course, offered every semester, has been co-designed by STEM faculty all across the country and will give you excellent training in evidence-based teaching practices. Other CIRTL courses typically run for 8-9 weeks during the semester and can include both asynchronous and a synchronous live discussion component.
  2. Participate in a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) at UArizona for one semester. These informal weekly gatherings focus on topics related to pedagogy and teaching (such as hybrid learning, teaching writing, or online writing instruction) and provide rich opportunities for dialogue and learning.
  3. Participate in a workshop on teaching on the CIRTL Network or at UArizona (*if you'd like a local workshop to count, please submit this form for approval).

Participation at this level involves a deeper investigation into topics of interest related to teaching and learning and requires participants to complete a co-teaching assignment with a faculty member or a course in teaching and assessing writing. Successfully completing this level takes an additional 1-2 semesters. To achieve the Practitioner Level, participants will have to successfully complete the Associate Level and one of the following pathways (Option A, B, or C):

Option A:

  1. Complete the remaining 8 credits in UArizona’s Graduate Certificate in College Teaching.
  2. Participate in a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) for one additional semester OR a workshop or course offered at UArizona or on the CIRTL Network

Option B:

  1. Complete a Co-Teaching Assignment for one semester with a faculty member skilled in evidence-based teaching practices, with support from OIA. We can help pair you with a faculty mentor who is skilled in innovative teaching.
  2. Participate in a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) for one additional semester OR a teaching workshop or course offered at UArizona or on the CIRTL Network

Option C:

  1. Complete the 2-credit course at UArizona, Teaching and Assessing Student Writing, offered every semester through OIA (course under development).
  2. Participate in a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) for one additional semester OR a teaching workshop or course offered at UArizona or on the CIRTL Network.

Participation at this level requires participants to present at a national or regional conference or publish a scholarly article on their CIRTL engagement activit(ies). Scholars typically complete this level in an additional 1-2 semesters, depending on the conference schedule or publication timeline. To achieve the Scholar Level, participants will successfully complete the Practitioner Level and one of the following two (2) pathways:

Option A:

  1. Present a poster, workshop, or paper at a national or regional meeting on the CIRTL engagement activity performed for the Scholar Level

Option B:

  1. Publish a scholarly paper for publication in a STEM education journal or for publication on the CIRTL Learning Community website (forthcoming).