Graduate Teacher Certificate


How to participate in the U-M Graduate Teacher Certificate Program

1. Enroll in the program

Click on the "Enroll in program" link in the navigation menu to the left of this page.  Log in using your kerberos passward.  Answer all the questions and click on submit. Now you are enrolled in the program and may submit documentation for professional development activities using the links in the "My Porfolio" page found in the menu on the left.

2. Complete requirement(s)

You may complete the requirements in any order.  However, it may be most beneficial to complete requirement E, Reflection on Instructional Practice, last because this reflective exercise is an opportunity to synthesize and integrate your entire experience in the Certificate program.

3. Submit documentation

For requirements completed with CRLT, including CRLT's GSI Teaching Orientations, ELI994, CRLT workshops, and CRLT consultations, these items will automatically be added to your portfolio. Most items will be added within a couple days of the event, but items from CRLT in engineering may not be added until the end of the semester. If you think a CRLT workshop or event is missing please email

Description and Overview

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The U-M Graduate Teacher Certificate is coordinated by the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) at the University of Michigan.  This program offers U-M graduate students in Ann Arbor an opportunity to develop and refine teaching skills required for success as a faculty member, obtain feedback on their teaching and teaching philosophy statement, receive recognition for their pedagogical training and experience as college-level instructors, and increase their preparation for the academic job search. 


1. How will I benefit from completing the Certificate program? 

By developing and reflecting on your teaching skills, receiving recognition for your teaching experience and training from the University Michigan, and preparing and receiving feedback on your teaching philosophy, you will increase your marketability for faculty positions, become prepared for the job application and interview process, and develop the teaching skills needed to succeed as a junior faculty member.  Almost all Certificate recipients report that the program gave them the skills and knowledge to enhance their teaching and increased their confidence in their ability to teaching at the college level and to discuss teaching and learning during job interviews

2. Will the U-M Graduate Teacher Certificate appear on my official U-M transcript? 

No. Only programs for which tuition is paid appear on official U-M transcripts. Participation in this program is free. However, you may include and highlight the U-M Graduate Teacher Certificate on your curriculum vitae or in cover letters for job applications.