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Graduate Instructional Development Certificate (GIDC)


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The Graduate Instructional Development Certificate program is centrally administered by the Center for Instructional Excellence (CIE), in collaboration with the applicants' department or school.

The program is designed to help graduate students who are not awarded teaching assistantships acquire teaching experiences. Click on the button to the left to enroll. 

Individual Classroom Teaching Experiences

To be certified, the graduate student must have two undergraduate teaching experiences at Purdue. More details will be given to you once you enroll on the program. 

Classroom Observations

To be certified, the graduate students must participate in the following activities:
  • Observe one experienced faculty member in your home department or the department in which you teach.
  • Observe one experienced teaching assistant in your department or the department in which you teach.
  • Be observed while teaching a scheduled class and complete a consultative feedback session. The observation should be done by a faculty member from your department or the department in which you are teaching. If this is not feasible, contact CIE for alternatives. Meet with your observer afterward to discuss the experience.
  • Write a 1-2 page reflection regarding the observations that you completed.


Micro-Teaching (as offered by CIE) is the teaching of a brief, seven-minute lesson in front of a group of peers while utilizing a lesson plan. After teaching, you will receive feedback from peers and then meet with a CIE staff member to watch and discuss your video. Finally, you will submit a reflective essay discussing your experience. This is a certificate requirement on its own and it does not count towards the teacher development activities. 

TA Orientation

Teaching Assistant Orientation (TAOr) for new GTAs is conducted in the fall semester on the Wednesday prior to the first week of classes. Students looking to meet the criteria for the GIDC may either attend the all-campus TAOr, which is facilitated by CIE, or an equivalent program offered in the department in which they hold their teaching appointment (the orientation must cover an equivalent amount of teaching topics). GTAs who did not attend TAOr prior to their first semester of teaching should contact CIE in order to register for a future orientation experience or enroll in additional workshops.

Instructional Development 

To be certified, the graduate student must complete a minimum of six hours of instructional workshops, classes or seminars (beyond the pre-semester orientation) during the semesters in which they are being mentored. Typical workshop topics may include: improving teaching through the use of student feedback, test construction, administering and grading tests, classroom ethics, motivating students, and/or weekly sessions on "how to teach" upcoming classes. CIE and other Purdue academic units provide classes and workshops of this nature each semester. Click here to visit CIE's workshop page. 


Details on the required documentation will be available in Blackboard once you enroll in the program. 

Graduate Teacher Celebration

The annual Purdue University Graduate Teacher Celebration recognizes students who successfully complete the GIDC requirements by April 1 of any given year. The teaching certificate program helps graduate students realize growth and satisfaction by providing teaching and mentoring experiences and instructional development that can be assessed and documented for career purposes. A certificate will be awarded to those graduate students who successfully complete the GIDC program.