Graduate Teacher Certificate

Introduction to U-M Graduate Teacher Certificate Program

The U-M Graduate Teacher Certificate (GTC) offers graduate students at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor campus) an opportunity to document professional development as college-level instructors and prepare for a faculty job search.

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The Certificate documents professional development in five areas:

  1. orientation to college-level teaching and learning
  2. exposure to new teaching strategies through seminars and courses
  3. experience as a Graduate Student Instructor, including a consultation on teaching
  4. mentorship on teaching from a faculty member
  5. preparation of a teaching philosophy statement 

Participants who complete all program requirements receive a U-M Graduate Teacher Certificate. The Certificate does not appear on official U-M transcripts, but may be included on your curriculum vitae. 

Preparing Future Faculty

In collaboration with Rackham Graduate School, CRLT offers programs to help graduate students prepare to pursue and succeed in faculty careers. Topics include preparing for the job market, learning about current issues in higher education, tenure and faculty worklife, and effective teaching for a diverse student body.

In addition to these programs, Rackham offers a postdoc for students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are interested in teaching at a liberal arts college. More information about this Oberlin College / Kalamazoo College / U-M Exchange program here.