Introduction to U-M Graduate Teacher Certificate Program

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Graduate Teacher Certificate Program: Introduction to Program
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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. 


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Why complete the program?

Certificate recipients report that the program:

  1. gave them the skills and knowledge to enhance their teaching
  2. increased their confidence in their teaching ability
  3. increased their confidence in their ability to discuss teaching during job interviews

Note: A U-M Graduate Teacher Certificate is not a teaching license or credential for K-12 instruction from the State of Michigan. 


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