Graduate Teaching Initiative

TEP’s Graduate Teaching Initiative (GTI) offers UO graduate students structured and rigorous, yet flexible, pathways to develop as college teachers. Those who complete a series of core requirements earn a certificate of completion: GTI students participate in individual- and small-group teaching consultations, draft a teaching portfolio, observe classes taught by faculty and peers, and attend various workshops and conversations on teaching. In addition, students who develop a special project that makes a substantive, original contribution to the UO’s community of teaching and learning can earn an advanced certificate of completion.

Graduate students who “take the initiative” to develop their teaching and earn a certificate of completion will be announced and celebrated at the end of each academic year. The initiative seeks to endorse and help frame excellent teaching development activities already offered by academic departments and other campus units, such as the Graduate School, Science Literacy Program, and Center on Diversity and Community.

The program is meant to develop inclusive, engaged, and research-led teachers who will, in turn, help shape the campus teaching culture.

Participating in the initiative is the choice of individual GEs; our process is not a substitute for departmentally based teacher training. 

Why should you participate in the Graduate Teaching Initiative?

The GTI helps give you a structured but flexible means of developing and enhancing your teaching. The initiative challenges you to: 

  • Learn and practice research-driven best practices for engaging and inspiring students.
  • Increase your marketability when you apply for faculty or administrative positions.
  • Develop and articulate a professional identity as a teacher-scholar.
  • Connect to and help shape the teaching community at the UO.

What does it take to earn a certificate of completion? Should I pursue an ‘advanced’ certificate?

Each level of the initiative incorporates various opportunities for growth and reflection as a teacher. Participants can complete and document the required components in whatever order and in whatever timeframe they choose, so long as all the components are completed by the end of the degree program. The advanced certificate builds additional components onto the core program. required components complement the core program. In other words, someone who has completed the initiative’s core components will have made progress towards obtaining an advanced certificate of completion.

Brief descriptions of each component are outlined here. By applying to the initiative, you will have access to greater resources and communication from TEP to help you pursue these components at your own pace. Current students who already have completed required components may be able to count these activities toward a certificate of completion.

Earning the GTI’s advanced certificate of completion signifies not only that a graduate student has completed a comprehensive program of teacher training and reflection, but also is an active contributor to the study and practice of innovative pedagogy at a research university. Learn more about the components of the advanced certificate.

Enroll in the Graduate Teaching Initiative

Questions? Email tep@uoregon.edu