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CIRTL@ Stanford Teaching Certificate Program

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The CIRTL@ Stanford program provides an opportunity for participants at various stages (graduate students, postdocs, and lecturers/academic teaching staff) to engage in professional development around teaching to ultimately improve student learning in their current and future courses.

Engagement in the CIRTL@ Stanford program will allow participants to work toward teaching certificates that can be listed on resumes and CVs and provide the opportunity for development of teaching-related materials that are critical for job applications.

While professional development opportunities like these have not been shown to increase a student's time to degree, higher levels of involvement with teaching development were shown to be associated with gaining tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty positions (Connolly, 2016). In addition to being more effective in the classroom, participants will build a foundation that may help them be more competitive in the job market and in obtaining research funding.

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Program levels

The program has been designed to accommodate participants from a variety of disciplines and roles. Choose from a list of options to build an experience that fits your needs and schedule. These opportunities are independent of any department or program requirements.

More details about the requirements for each of the levels are below this section.


CIRTL participants will be able to describe and recognize the value of the CIRTL core ideas in effective teaching and learning through their engagement in campus and network offerings. See details about the program and requirements below.


CIRTL participants will engage in the process of utilizing CIRTL core ideas to improve the learning of students through the design and execution of a Teaching-as-Research project. See general requirements below but more information will be forthcoming.


CIRTL participants will advance knowledge on teaching and learning through scholarship, including public presentation of their Teaching-as-Research project. See general requirements below but more information will be forthcoming.

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Associate level requirements


Explore and Develop

Engage and Practice

Reflect and Assess

Build a foundation in the following areas (complete one per area):

1) Evidence-based teaching in a local learning community

2) IDEAL/Learning through diversity

3) CIRTL network community engagement

Choose from a variety of options to engage with or impact teaching practices

Draft a teaching portfolio

Complete associate level survey

Full lists of requirement options can be found below or on this pdf (must be logged into Stanford to view). See example paths for grad students, postdocs, and lecturers/academic teaching staff. If you would like additional guidance to help you choose opportunities to engage with, please feel free to contact us at cirtl_stanford[@] Please submit your requirements to the system as you complete them—no need to wait!

Step 1: Explore and develop (three requirements, complete one from each of three areas)

Evidence-based teaching in a local learning community (complete one)

  • Grad Course Design Institute (grad students and postdocs)
  • Course Design Institute (faculty and instructors)
  • CTL280: Learning and Teaching of Science
  • CTL312: Science and Engineering Course Design
  • CTL341: Learning and Teaching in the Humanities
  • Introduction to evidence-based undergraduate STEM teaching (CIRTL network course) with participation in a local learning community
    • We will be offering a local learning community (LLC) to accompany this course that will run in fall 2022 (late September through November). Please fill out this form (Stanford login required) if you are interested in participating or getting more information.
  • Advancing learning through evidence-based STEM teaching (CIRTL network course) with participation in a local learning community
  • Scientific Teaching Summer Institute (OPA)

IDEAL/Learning through diversity (complete one)

CIRTL network community engagement (complete one)

Step 2: Engage and practice (complete one)

  • Course observation and consultation of own teaching AND small group observations of faculty teaching (contact us if interested)
  • Leadership in Inclusive Teaching Fellow
  • Facilitator of a local learning community for CIRTL MOOC
  • IDEAL pedagogy learning community or project team
  • Postdoc pedagogy journal club (six sessions, leading at least one)
  • Preparing Future Professors program
  • Transforming Learning Accelerator project

When you are close to completing steps 1 and 2, we will contact you with resources to help you construct your teaching portfolio and provide detailed instructions for how to submit it for step 3.

 Step 3: Reflect and assess (complete both)

  • Portfolio draft
    • Cover letter that describes and provides context for items in portfolio
    • Statement of teaching philosophy
    • Course related artifact (i.e., syllabus or annotated lesson plan)
    •  Annotated student feedback
  • Associate level completion survey

Submit information about completed requirements

Practitioner level 

Explore and Develop

Engage and Practice

Reflect and Assess

Completion of Associate level

CIRTL network TAR course or Stanford course/intensive (still under development - expected pilot in Summer 2023)


Execute project in a learning environment, mentored by a CTL/CIRTL team member

Project report or poster

Complete survey

Step 1: Explore and develop 

  • Completion of Associate level
  • CIRTL network Teaching-as-Research (TAR) course or Stanford course/intensive (under development—expected pilot in summer 2023)

Step 2: Engage and practice

  • Execute project in a learning environment (mentored by a CTL/CIRTL staff member)

Step 3: Reflect and assess (complete both)

  • Project report or poster (must include details of project design, implementation, methods, analysis, and outcomes)
  • Complete survey

*Note that some campus opportunities are still under development and more information will be coming soon.

Scholar level

Scholars complete all the requirements of the Associate and Practitioner levels and present their teaching-as-research project at a Stanford-wide event, CIRTL event, or national or international conference or symposium, and/or publish their work in a scholarly journal. They will be asked to share details with the CIRTL@ Stanford program to achieve a certificate at this level.

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Program contacts

Visit our Program contacts page for additional contact information.