"I would have participated in the Delta program even if I did not receive official recognition of my efforts. However,...I recognized the substantial benefits of the reflection and revision inherent to so many of the activities I have participated in during the program. This ...convinced me that the experience of completing all of the requirements for the Certificate will benefit me because I will be forced to reflect on several years of experience studying and discussing a range of interconnected ideas associated with teaching and learning..."

Certificate Program

The Delta Certificate in Research, Teaching, and Learning confers recognition of a student's achievement in the following areas:

  • Experience in teaching, broadly defined to include the college classroom and beyond (i.e. informal educational settings)
  • Awareness of how to promote successful learning with diverse participants
  • Knowledge of foundational research and scholarship on teaching and learning
  • Demonstrated application of research skills to the improvement of participant learning
  • Engaged membership in a learning community that is focused on teaching and learning
  • Development of a reflective teaching and learning portfolio

The Certificate is designed to be useful to recipients throughout the job search as away to collect and communicate the achievements listed above. The Delta Certificate program serves both pre-dissertator and dissertator graduate students, as well as post-doctoral researchers.

Delta Certificate Prerequisites

The requirements to join a Delta Certificate cohort and become a Certificate Candidate are:

  1. Completion of two graduate courses on teaching and learning, including at least one full-semester course offered by the Delta Program*
  2. Active participation in the Delta Learning Community, including participation in a semester-long Delta Program (e.g., Expeditions in Learning, Research Mentor Training), developing and facilitating a Learning Community (e.g., Brown Bag semester-long facilitation), OR an alternative engagement that has been approved by Delta staff
  3. Completion of the Delta Internship**, including the Internship Seminar, Reflective Statement, Internship Summative Report, and related presentation slides
  4. Submission of the Delta Certificate Application for Fall or Spring during the appropriate application period

*Any non-Delta courses, including CIRTL courses, require prior Delta Staff Approval
**Please refer to the Internship Guidebook for more guidelines related to the internship requirements

Delta Certificate Program Process

Once you join a cohort of certificate candidates, you will work with Delta staff and your peers in order to:

  1. Further develop, review, and complete the Teaching and Learning Portfolio
  2. Participate in a peer review process with your cohort on the portfolio and presentation materials
  3. Assemble a certificate defense committee and defend your portfolio

You may join the either the fall cohort, with certificate defenses set for January and February, or the spring cohort, with defenses set for June or July. In making your decision, please consider how your own workloads will allow you to follow the deadlines on the following timelines:

Spring Cohort Timeline
Time Period Deadline/Deliverables
March Cohort Meeting I
Mid-April Portfolio Draft I Due
Mid-May Portfolio Draft II Due
Mid-May Cohort Meeting II
Early June Portfolio Final Draft Due
June to July Delta Certificate Defense
Fall Cohort Timeline
Time Period Deadline/Deliverables
October Cohort Meeting I
Early November Portfolio Draft I Due
Early December Portfolio Draft II Due
Mid-December Cohort Meeting II
Early January Portfolio Final Draft Due
January to Mid-February Delta Certificate Defense


Contact Don Gillian-Daniel at dldaniel@wisc.edu with any questions.