E. Reflection on instructional practice

Resource Title:
Graduate Teacher Certificate Program: Requirements and Resources E. Refelction
Course Type:
graduate teacher certificate orientation graduate teacher certificate learning graduate teacher certificate practice graduate teacher certificate mentorship graduate teacher certificate reflection
A. Orientation to College Teaching & Student Learning B. Learning About Teaching C. Instructional Practice D. Mentorship on Teaching E. Reflection on Instructional Practice


In order to complete this requirement, participants must complete a 2-page teaching philosophy statement. 

Reflection on Instructional Practice

  • Use the resources below to help create your teaching philosophy statement.  Submit a draft of your teaching philosophy on section E via our teaching philosophy consultation request page. Be sure to check the box that indicates you are submitting your philosophy for the certificate. 

    A trained Graduate Student Instructional Consultant will be assigned to review your teaching philosophy statement using the rubric in the Resources and Support section below. Please allow a minimum of 2-3 weeks to receive feedback on your teaching philosophy on your My Dashboard page. (See also deadlines of Feb 15 and Oct 15.) If your teaching philosophy statement requires revisions to meet Certificate requirements (see below), the consultant reviewing your statement will offer you an optional, free consultation. The consultant will contact you via e-mail.

    To fulfill Certificate requirements, your teaching philosophy statement must achieve at least two "Excellent" ratings and no more than one "Unsatisfactory" rating in the five categories of this rubric (see also Resources and Support below). Teaching philosophy statements that do not satisfy the above requirements may be revised using the feedback provided and resubmitted to the CRLT consultant for further review. 

Resources and Support:

Rubric, Examples, and Consultations on Teaching Philosophy Statements

CRLT Rubric for Statements of Teaching Philosophy
Developed from CRLT's national research on how departmental search committees for faculty hiring evaluate statements of teaching philosophy.

Examples of Teaching Philosophy Statements and other Resources
This page on CRLT's website contains links to examples of teaching philosophy statements from a variety of disciplines as well as additional resources on preparing one's teaching philosophy statement.

Consultations on Teaching Philosophy Statements
GSIs may request a consultation with a trained Graduate Student Instructional Consultant on developing a teaching philosophy statement. GSIs should use the resources below to prepare a draft of their teaching philosophy statement BEFORE requesting a consultation.

Publications on Preparing a Teaching Philosophy Statement

  • O'Neal, C., Meizlish, D., and M. Kaplan. (2007). Writing a statement of teaching philosophy for the academic job search. CRLT Occasional Papers, 23. Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • Chism, N.V.N. (1997-1998). Developing a philosophy of teaching statement. Essays on teaching excellence: Towards the best in the academy. 9(3). Athens, GA: New Forums Press and the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education.
  • Kaplan, M. (1998). The teaching portfolio. CRLT Occasional Papers, 11. Center for Research on Teaching and Learning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Workshops on Preparing a Teaching Philosophy Statement Offered by CRLT

  • CRLT Seminar Series 
    A workshop on preparing a teaching philosophy statement is offered each semester. Open to all graduate students. 
  • Rackham-CRLT May Preparing Future Faculty Seminar
    This month-long Seminar helps advanced graduate students prepare for their first faculty teaching jobs. Participants develop and receive feedback on their teaching philosophy statement during the Seminar. Enrollment is limited and by competitive application.