Core Certificate Requirements

Basic Teaching Skills Training

Attend a TEP Basic Teaching Skills: Leading Labs or Leading Discussion Sections training session. TEP offers several Basic Skills sessions before the start of each academic year, and typically offers additional sessions later in the year. Basic Teaching Skills helps new teachers get started on the right path by providing them with a framework for teaching at the University of Oregon.

If you've taught as a GTF at UO for two or more terms prior to September 2015, you are not required to complete the “Basic Skills” requirement of the Graduate Teaching Initiative. If you still wish to attend a Basic Skills training session you may count the hours towards the Workshops requirement of the GTI program.


Participate in at least three different TEP workshops, and five additional hours on topics related to teaching and learning hosted by TEP or other UO departments and programs, such as CoDaC and the Science Literacy Program. Up to three hours of workshops taken outside the UO can count towards the workshop requirement.

("Basic Skills" sessions do not count towards the workshop requirement, as attending "Basic Skills" is its own GTI requirement.)

Teaching Experience

Students must work at least one term as a GE with teaching responsibilities. These typically include leading a section or lab or teaching a course as a sole instructor.


Contribute to one microteaching session. A microteaching session provides an opportunity for students to practice teaching a 10-15 minute lesson to a small group of peers and TEP staff. Students gain confidence as a teacher, practice giving and receiving constructive peer teacher feedback, and hone teaching skills. Sessions are offered regularly each term.

Class Observations

Participate in a class observation exchange with another GTI program participant. Also, observe a second class. At least one observation should be of a course in your field of study. Complete a TEP Class Observation Reflection Form for each session. (TEP's staff is also available to observe classes in place of an exchange.)

Mentorship Experience

Reflect on the mentorship you have received from faculty through your work with them as a GE, or discussions about teaching you’ve sought out with faculty over the course of one term.

Teaching Portfolio

Using UO Blogs, draft and curate a brief, selective teaching portfolio you can use and take with you after graduating from UO. The teaching portfolio will include a statement of teaching philosophy linked to sample lesson and assignment materials, course syllabuses, and other items.