Certificate Overview

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 a way 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-level 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 workload will allow you to follow the deadlines on the following timelines:

March – First Cohort Meeting

Mid-April – First Portfolio Draft Due

Mid-May – Second Portfolio Draft Due

Mid-May – Second Cohort Meeting

Early June – Final Portfolio Due

June/July – Delta Certificate Defense

October – First Cohort Meeting

Early November – First Portfolio Draft Due

Early December – Second Portfolio Draft Due

Mid-December – Second Cohort Meeting

Early January – Final Portfolio Due

January/Mid February – Delta Certificate Defense

Summer 2019

Week 1 (June 10): First Cohort Meeting – Welcome, expectations, & goal setting

Week 2 (June 17): Organization & picking teaching artifacts

Week 3 (June 24): Writing teaching reflections

Week 4 (July 1): Incorporating the Delta Pillars into your portfolio

Week 5 (July 8): How to write a teaching philosophy part I

Week 6 (July 15): How to write a teaching philosophy part II

Week 7 (July 22): Incorporating feedback on your portfolio

Week 8 (July 29): Communicating your Delta experience – the defense & beyond