Graduate Teacher Certificates

The Purdue Teaching Academy sponsors the Graduate Teacher Certificate Program as part of its mission to enhance and strengthen the quality of teaching and learning. The Center for Instructional Excellence administers the certificate program on behalf of the Teaching Academy, and provides GTAs with the resources and incentives to complete certificates. The program provides a framework for the development, coordination, evaluation, and recognition of efforts to enhance the teaching capabilities of graduate students at Purdue.

The current program offers a three-tier certificate structure to accommodate the diverse graduate student population currently teaching at Purdue University.

  • Graduate Instructional Development Certificate: Allows graduate students who are not awarded teaching assistantships to acquire teaching experiences while being mentored by a faculty member.
  • Graduate Teacher Certificate: The graduate teaching assistant’s documentation of classroom teaching and teacher development activities.
  • Advanced Graduate Teacher Certificate: For graduate students who have achieved an advanced level of teaching experience, skill and success and who aspire to be excellent teachers.

Please contact teachercertificate@purdue.edu if you have any questions.


Certificate criteria are supported by scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), and take advantage of the various levels of graduate teaching and instructional development opportunities at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus. You do not need to complete all criteria within one academic year. For more details, please view the brochure below or read the linked overview document.

GTC Certificate Tiers and Requirements
GTC brochure (.pdf)

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