Certificate Programs

Each semester TAP offers workshops and/or panel discussions covering a wide range of topics to assist TAs with their continued professional development. These sessions, designed for current and future graduate student TAs, are free. You may attend as many or as few sessions as you wish.

The workshops are broken down into Certificate Programs, each concerned with a particular area. Students who attend at least four sessions in a particular workshop series will receive a certificate of participation. (There is no time deadline; a certificates may be earned over one or several semesters.) You may earn multiple certificates. View a list of past workshops.

Register for a workshop. Please note: During fall 2020, all workshops will be held remotely via Zoom. All registrants will receive a reminder email containing a Zoom link several days before the workshop date.

Improving your Classroom Skills Certificate Program


Designed to help graduate students prepare teaching portfolios. The major parts of a teaching portfolio will be covered, including teaching responsibilities, teaching philosophy and goals, and evidence of effective teaching. Wednesday, September 23
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


Thursday, October 1
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


Having confidence in your abilities as an instructor is a key component for successful teaching and for feeling comfortable. In this session, we discuss strategies for boosting your teaching self-efficacy. Tuesday, October 6
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


We will be discussing strategies to encourage student participation, both in the traditional and virtual classroom. We will go over how to set the stage for success on the very first day and how to recognize and allow productive silence in the classroom. Wednesday, October 21
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


This workshop will focus on diversity and inclusion in college courses. During this session, we will review ways to make classroom environments more inclusive for our diverse student population. Thursday, October 29
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


This workshop will focus on translating active learning techniques to online learning platforms and how as instructors we can foster a sense of community in the virtual classroom. Wednesday, November 4
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


This session will explore creating assessments using Universal Design for Learning. UDL is a pedagogical framework that can help to develop more effective and inclusive teaching materials. We will discuss how we can use this approach in order to create inclusive evaluations of our students’ work. Wednesday, November 18
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Teaching with Technology Certificate Program

In association with the Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research, TAP is offering a series of workshops designed to develop technological skills and enhance teaching. View the workshops and register

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