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Graduate Instructional Development Certificate (GIDC)


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. 

Alternative 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. 

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. 

Teaching Observations

To be certified, the graduate students must participate in the following three activities:
  • Teaching observation: being observed live while teaching a scheduled class. The observation must be done by a faculty member in your department. 
  • Conferencing: a consultative session that follows the observation and consists of meeting with the faculty member who observed you to discuss the teaching experience.
  • Classroom observations: observe an experienced faculty member in your field and an experienced GTA in your field. 
  • Written self-analyses: write a 1-page reflection following the the observations. 


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.


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

Graduate Teacher Celebration

The annual Purdue Graduate Teacher Celebration will recognize students who successfully complete the GIDC by April 1 of any given year. The GIDC program helps graduate students realize growth and satisfaction by providing limited teaching and mentoring experiences and instructional development activities that can be assessed and documented.