Teaching Certification 2018-2019 Cohort

Graduate Teaching Certification

The Graduate Teaching Certification (GTC)is a free, year-long professional development program that provides graduate students with the skills and knowledge necessary to teach successfully in a post-secondary classroom. Once accepted into the program, participants must complete a graduate seminar on college teaching, attend all mandatory cohort meetings, attend a minimum of 3 approved campus workshops, complete the teaching and evaluation experience, and complete the culminating experience project (i.e., teaching portfolio). The program is designed to foster intellectual discussion of effective teaching strategies, as well as to provide insight and training on best teaching practices. Benefits of the GTC include honing one’s teaching philosophy and skills, as well as producing a teaching portfolio that can be advantageous when applying for teaching-related positions. The GTC is a collaborative effort between the Graduate College, Office of the Executive Vice Provost and Provost, UNLV Office of Online Education, GPSA, and a number of departments that offer teaching support.

This is a medallion-qualifying program for UNLV graduate & professional students. For additional information, please see the Graduate College Medallion Program website.

Congratulations to our 2021-2022 GTC Cohort

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to participate in this program, graduate students must:

  • be currently enrolled and in good academic standing in their graduate or professional degree program.
  • maintain a minimum 3.5 overall GPA.

Application Process

Applications are only accepted once a year. We will accept applications between March 5 and June 1. There is no application fee

The 2021-2022 Online Graduate Teaching Certification Application can be found on The Grad Rebel Gateway. Please log in to the Grad Rebel Gateway and click on The Grad Academy tab to apply. 

Please be prepared to provide the following information when completing your Graduate Teaching Certification Application:

  • CV/Resume
  • Letter of Interest
    • The Letter of Interest should discuss your teaching experience, what you hope to gain from the GTC program, how the GTC program will help you become a better teacher, and your career goals. Please limit the response to a single page.
  • Endorser Names
    • You will identify the name and email address of two faculty members. They will receive a form to endorse your participation in the program.
  • Copies of teaching evaluations from 1 semester (if available) or evaluation of guest lecture (if available)

Program Requirements

All program requirements need to be completed in full by the student in order to complete the program, receive a certificate of completion, and have the GTC completion noted on their UNLV transcript.

  • Students must attend all cohort meetings, which include: (1) an introductory meeting in August; (2) a meeting at the end of the Fall semester; (3) a meeting at the beginning of the spring semester; and (4) a meeting at the end of the academic year. Please note that students will be put on program probation after one cohort meeting absence and the second absence may lead to program separation.
  • Students must enroll in EDH 780: Seminar in College Teaching (or an equivalent, approved class: normal tuition and fees apply). In order to determine if a class is approved for the GTC, please email a copy of the syllabus to gradrebel@unlv.edu.
  • Students must complete the Teaching Observation Assignment. Additional details can be found on the Teaching Observation Assignment tab below.
  • Students must attend a minimum of 3 GTC workshops that are regularly scheduled in the fall and/or spring terms.
  • Finally, GTC students must submit their teaching portfolios at the end of the spring semester (typically a meeting is held towards the end of April/ early May). They will provide feedback on another program participant’s portfolio. In addition, they will also receive written feedback from a program participant as well as general feedback from a faculty member.
    • Portfolios need to be submitted by: Friday, April 1, 2022
    • Written evaluation of another program participant needs to be submitted at the final meeting
    • Teaching Portfolio Example
  • GTC requirements will be submitted through the Graduate Teaching Certification Canvas Course. Participants will be added to the course in August.

Program Policies

  • Students must apply and be admitted before they can begin participating in the GTC.
  • Once admitted, students must complete all program requirements in one academic year with their cohort.
  • All cohort meetings are mandatory.
  • If a student is not in good standing in their degree program, or if they create any problems as a participant in the GTC, they may be removed from the program at the discretion of the graduate college dean
  • Please note that students may only participate in 2 of the following Graduate College programs during the academic year:
    • Post-Graduate Career Pathways
    • Teaching Certification
    • Research Certification
    • Mentorship Certification/Rebel Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP)
    • Communication Certification

Workshop Policies

  • These workshops are free.
  • No campus workshops or courses taken prior to admission to the GTC may be counted toward the program. All workshops that count towards the GTC must be completed within one year (program duration).
  • Students may only get credit for GTC workshops that they RSVP for at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Only workshops or courses that are successfully completed in full will count toward the program. To successfully complete a session, GTC students must arrive on time, stay for the entire session, and be awake and engaged throughout the workshop. Any assigned work must be completed by the deadline.
  • GTC workshops carry no academic credit and do not appear on student transcripts.

Cohort Meetings

All cohort meetings are mandatory unless you have a documented excuse that has been approved. If you miss a cohort meeting, without prior permission, you may be removed from the program.

Below are the meeting dates and times for the 2021-2022 GTC cohort:

  • Introductory Meeting: Monday, August 16, 2021, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m
  • End of the Fall Semester Meeting: Monday, November 15, 2021, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m
  • Start of the Spring Semester Meeting: Monday, January 10, 2022, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m
  • Final Cohort Meeting: Monday, April 18, 2022, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m

Fall 2021 Workshop Schedule

The below workshops will help fulfill the requirements for the Graduate Teaching Certification. You must RSVP for all workshops at least 24 hours in advance. To RSVP, please click on the workshop below. This will send you to the calendar entry page, which has the RSVP information. A full list of the workshops offered this semester can be found on the Graduate College Student Workshop Calendar.

GCTC Events

Event Title Date Time Location
Teaching-In Person Training Series: Teaching Logistics: Planning and Managing a Class Friday, August 27, 2021 10:00am
Virtual
Professors' Circle Fall 2021: What Do We Mean by “Minority Serving Institution? Wednesday, September 1, 2021 10:00am
Online Via Zoom
Course Organization:Creating an Inclusive and Interactive Online Course Syllabus Thursday, September 2, 2021 2:00pm
Online
Teaching-In Person Training Series: Using Active Learning in Your Class & Assessing Student Learning Friday, September 3, 2021 10:00am
Virtual
Course Organization: Facilitating Meaningful Synchronous Online Course Meetings Wednesday, September 8, 2021 10:00am
Online
Online Teaching Strategies Wednesday, September 8, 2021 4:00pm
Virtual
Course Organization: Facilitating Meaningful Synchronous Online Course Meetings Thursday, September 9, 2021 2:00pm
Online
Teaching-In Person Training Series: Tips & Tricks from Graduate Teaching Assistants Friday, September 10, 2021 10:00am
Virtual
Providing Students Options to Demonstrate Learning Through Webcampus Wednesday, September 15, 2021 10:00am
Online
Building Mentorship Skills for Academic Careers Thursday, September 16, 2021 1:00pm
Virtual
Providing Students Options to Demonstrate Learning Through Webcampus Thursday, September 16, 2021 2:00pm
Online
Tech Tools & Resources: Promoting Team/Group Based Work with Webcampus Groups Wednesday, September 22, 2021 10:00am
Online
Tech Tools & Resources: Promoting Team/Group Based Work with Webcampus Groups Thursday, September 23, 2021 2:00pm
Online
Rethinking Graduate Admissions Friday, September 24, 2021 10:45am
Online
Public Speaking 101 Friday, September 24, 2021 1:00pm
Hybrid: Gather 1 & 2 (GTW 268 & 269) & Webex
Utilizing Assignments and Discussions to Guide an Online Group Project Wednesday, September 29, 2021 10:00am
Online
Utilizing Assignments and Discussions to Guide an Online Group Project Thursday, September 30, 2021 2:00pm
Online
Time-Management Monday, October 4, 2021 11:00am
Gather 1 & Gather 2 (GTW; Room: 268 & 269)
Assignments & Discussions: Using Multiple Methods to Provide Meaningful Feedback Wednesday, October 6, 2021 10:00am
Online
Assignments & Discussions: Using Multiple Methods to Provide Meaningful Feedback Thursday, October 7, 2021 2:00pm
Online
Assessment: Maximizing the WebCampus Gradebook Features for Student Learning Wednesday, October 13, 2021 10:00am
Online
Assessment: Maximizing the WebCampus Gradebook Features for Student Learning Thursday, October 14, 2021 2:00pm
Online
Diversity and Justice in the Classroom Thursday, October 14, 2021 4:00pm
Virtual
Assessment: Utilizing High Stakes & Low Stakes Assessments in Your Online Course Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:00am
Online
Assessment: Utilizing High Stakes & Low Stakes Assessments in Your Online Course Thursday, October 21, 2021 2:00pm
Online
Content & Materials: Promoting Student Progress and Success in an Online Course Wednesday, October 27, 2021 10:00am
Online
Content & Materials: Promoting Student Progress and Success in an Online Course Thursday, October 28, 2021 2:00pm
Online
Tech Tools & Resources: Improving Interaction & Engagement within Your Course Wednesday, November 3, 2021 10:00am
Online
Tech Tools & Resources: Improving Interaction & Engagement within Your Course Thursday, November 4, 2021 2:00pm
Online
Facilitating Inclusive Online Discussions Tuesday, November 9, 2021 11:00am
Virtual
Using Multimedia Tools in WebCampus to Meet your Students' Needs Tuesday, November 9, 2021 2:00pm
Online
Using Multimedia Tools in WebCampus to Meet your Students' Needs Wednesday, November 10, 2021 10:00am
Online
Teaching and Mentoring Diverse Learners Wednesday, November 10, 2021 12:30pm
Hybrid

Workshop Summary Options

The below workshops will help fulfill the requirements for the Graduate Teaching Certification. To receive credit for a workshop, click on the workshop recording you would like to watch, write a 1-page summary, and submit the summary to gradrebel@unlv.edu. Please be sure to include these workshops on the Workshop Attendance Form you will submit at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Tuesday Talks: Your Questions Answered

The Graduate College will be hosting Tuesday Talks: Your Questions Answered for current The Grad Academy program participants. Please drop by on any of the following Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m., to ask us any questions you might have or just to check your progress:

Teaching Observation Assignment

The Graduate Teaching Certification program's Teaching Observation Assignment is designed to help participants engage in professional learning to improve their teaching and enhance students' learning through this reflective practice. All 4 components of the assignment must be submitted as a single PDF to gradrebel@unlv.edu by Friday, February 11, 2022.

Resources for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Past Cohorts

Participating in Multiple Programs

Students are allowed to participate in multiple programs each academic year. However, the requirements for each program must be completed in full. We will allow one workshop to overlap for multiple programs if: 1.) there is justification that the workshop makes sense for multiple programs; and 2.) the student has asked the program manager in advance.