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Acquire Your 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. 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 video below or read the linked transcript.

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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.

Graduate Teacher Orientation

A week-long orientation program for new teaching assistants at Purdue.