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. In order to join the certificate cohort, you must have completed the internship and have either completed your course and learning community requirements, or have one course or learning community remaining. This means that participants can simultaneously participate in the certificate cohort while enrolled in their second course or their learning community.

**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

Participants who have met all the prerequisites can join a certificate cohort in the Fall or Spring academic semesters as well as over the summer based on staff availability. Each certificate cohort has 8 meetings designed to guide participants through the portfolio writing process. Each meeting will have guided writing activities in which participants draft and refine components of their portfolio.

When you decide to join a cohort, please consider how your own workload will allow you to follow the deadlines on the following timelines:

Cohort meetings Mid January – Early April (8 weeks)

First draft of portfolio for peer review – Early April (during week 6)

Draft of portfolio to committee chair – Late April

Defense date – May/June

Cohort meetings Mid October – Mid December (8 weeks)

First draft of portfolio for peer review – Early December (during week 6)

Draft of portfolio to committee chair – Late December

Defense date – January/February

Cohort meetings Mid June – Mid August (8 weeks)

First draft of portfolio for peer review – Early August (during week 6)

Draft of portfolio to committee chair – Late August

Defense date – September/October