Teaching and Learning Center, Temple University
Provost's Teaching
Teaching in Higher
   Education Certificate
Email: tlc@temple.edu
Phone:(215) 204-8761
The TECH Center
Suite 112
1101 Montgomery Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19122
TU Zip: 286-09


Teaching in Higher Education Certificate
For Matriculated Temple Graduate Students

(If you are a current faculty member and/or working professional visit our non-matriculation track webpage).


What is it?  

The Teaching in Higher Education Certificate is a university credential that can be earned by Temple graduate students who teach and aspire to faculty roles. It is recorded on the official university transcript upon completion of your degree program. Participants study general principles of teaching and learning and also focus on teaching issues in their own academic areas.

Why do it?

You are pursuing your graduate degree, becoming an expert in your subject and preparing to make an impact as an educator. As colleges and universities place more emphasis on teaching excellence, how will you compete on the job market? By earning the Teaching in Higher Education Certificate, you will enhance your knowledge of how people learn, develop best teaching practices and improve your career prospects.

How do you get it?

Complete the certificate by following the steps below


Step 1: Teaching in Higher Education Seminarcertificate



Step 2: Reflective Practicum



Step 3: Submit completed materials


How long will it take?

The time frame is typically one (1) year, but it varies according to the participant's teaching schedule. The time limit for the completion of the Certificate is three (3) years. Preferably, the Reflective Practicum will be completed in the semester following the Teaching in Higher Education Seminar, but the two components can also be completed concurrently.

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The certificate was essential to getting a faculty position...

"I work at a liberal arts college that takes teaching very seriously, so I believe that the certificate helped to make the case for me."

"What I learned in the certificate has been central to my success as a teacher in my current position."

"I believe it helped me get my 'foot in the door' and voice my abilities to those in charge."

and developing as an educator...

"The Teaching in Higher Education certificate program completely changed my teaching practice. Each week, I learned strategies I could immediately apply in my classes to improve class presentations and learning activities. I loved that the projects we worked on were from our target courses which meant I was improving my learning objectives, assignments, and assessments in real time. The feedback I received was invaluable to my development as an instructor." (Jen Haeseler Steiner, Ed.M. candidate in Adult and Organizational Development)

"The Teaching in Higher Education Certificate program made me realize how important it is to help students recognize the relevance of the course material in their own lives and encourages them to rethink and revise their preexisting beliefs." (Liv Raddatz, PhD student in Geography and Urban Studies)

  • Step 1: Seminar
  • Step 2: Reflective Practicum
  • Step 3: Submit Materials
  • FAQ: Questions


Teaching in Higher Education Seminar


This three-credit seminar, taught by faculty within students' areas (i.e. humanities, health professions...) addresses key issues in teaching and learning theory and practice. Students develop documents to support teaching and future job searches, including a statement of teaching philosophy, a lesson plan or a course syllabus.

Students enroll in courses according to their academic area. For instance, a humanities course would be designed for any graduate student in the humanities disciplines. Similarly, a physical science course would be open to all graduate students of physical sciences.

Courses Offered
Below are confirmed course offerings. Please check back for updates.

Summer Session I 2014
(8985.001, Teaching in Higher Education)

  • Teaching in Higher Education: Health Professions (HRPR 8985), CRN 4535
    Professor: Beth Pfeiffer

Fall 2014
(8985.001, Teaching in Higher Education)

Course Schedule and Registration
Priority Registration for Fall opens April 3, 2014. View the Temple graduate COURSE SCHEDULE online, and register through the Banner System in TU PORTAL.


Reflective Practicum


The non-credit reflective practicum is individually designed by each student. It must include teaching with a TA or Adjunct appointment (e.g. as TA lecturer/recitation leader, instructor of record, Writing Center tutor, or lab leader) and engaging in reflection on that experience.

The primary goals of the Reflective Practicum are:

  • for students to reflect on their teaching experience, including its relationship to the seminar, with an experienced mentor; 
  • for students to examine selected aspects of their teaching through reflective scholarly writing.

While there is some flexibility, the practicum must include three key components: (1) Teaching, (2) Reflective Dialogue and (3) Reflective Journal.

  1. Teaching with a TA or adjunct appointment
    You could be instructor of record, discussion section or lab leader. We also accept TA appointments through the Writing Center or Math, Science, Resource Center. Although grading is an important aspect of teaching, direct student interaction is essential to the reflective practicum. If you cannot secure a TA appointment, or if your appointment is limited to grading, but you still want to complete the reflective practicum, contact TLC Director, Pamela Barnett (barnettp@temple.edu) about potential options.

  2. Reflective Dialogue
    Reflect on your teaching experience through ongoing dialogue in bi-weekly meetings with disciplinary mentor.
    It is your responsibility to find an instructor in your discipline who will be your mentor throughout the Reflective Practicum and make arrangements to meet with him/her once every two weeks for discussion.

    Recommended Mentors
    The following faculty members are all knowledgeable about the Teaching in Higher Education Curriculum you just completed. We recommend that you invite someone from this list to serve as your mentor for the Reflective Practicum, but you may also select a mentor who is not on this list. Download the list of recommended mentors (PDF).

    Guidelines and Log
    Please read the Reflective Practicum: Guidelines for Mentorship and share it with your mentor. We ask you and your mentor to fill out the Reflective Practicum Log providing the dates met and signatures. Again, you must meet once every two weeks (at least 7 times during the semester).

  3. Reflective Journal
    Reflective journal entries will be submitted to TLC weekly. After you register for the reflective practicum, you will get weekly emails that will prompt you to upload your journal entry. To learn about this process and how to upload your journal entry, read these instructions (How to Submit the Reflective Journals-PDF). Please note that it is your responsibility to submit your weekly journal entries to the TLC whether or not you receive the emails that prompt you to upload your journal entry. If at any point there is a problem with the system and you do not receive the weekly emails, please contact Annette Ponnock (annette.ponnock@temple.edu) for assistance.


You must be registered and participating in the Reflective Practicum by the end of the first week of classes. Click here to REGISTER for the Reflective Practicum.

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Submit your completed materials to TLC


Upon completion of both the Seminar and Reflective Practicum submit the following materials to TLC by the deadlines outlined below.

    1. Reflective Journal (see Step 2: Reflective Practicum)
    2. Reflective Practicum log (see Step 2: Reflective Practicum)
    3. Certificate Application
    4. Evidence of Teaching form (signed by Department Head or Advisor)

The Certificate Application and Evidence of Teaching forms can be filled out online and then printed for submission to:

Teaching and Learning Center
112 Bell Building
The TECH Center
1101 W. Montgomery Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19122
TU Zip: 286-09

If you have Adobe PDF writer, you can also save the forms and submit them digitally to TLC at tlc@temple.edu.

Completion Deadlines

Requirements completed during Submit materials to TLC by
Fall Semester December 15
Spring Semester May 1
Summer Session August 1


Receiving the Certificate

We will process a ‘Change of Program’ form to add the Teaching in Higher Education Certificate to your graduate record when you are registered for the Reflective Practicum. Once you have completed the requirements for the program, we will send you a letter and certificate of completion. According to university policy, the Teaching in Higher Education certificate will be officially transcripted upon graduation from your degree program.



What if there is no seminar offered in my discipline?

Currently, almost every school or college offers the seminar during the academic year. Although you may not see something specifically for your major, courses are taught by faculty within students' areas (i.e. humanities, health professions, social sciences, foreign language, etc.). All of the courses are designed to address general principles that can be applied across disciplines.

How many mentor meetings and journal entries are required for the Reflective Practicum to earn the certificate?

The requirements depend upon the semester you are teaching.

During the Fall & Spring semesters, the requirements are:

  • meetings with mentor are bi-weekly, minimum = 7
  • journal entries are weekly, minimum = 10

During the Summer Sessions, the requirements are adjusted for the shorter term:

  • meetings with mentor are weekly, minimum = 6
  • journal entries are submitted weekly, minimum = 6


I received an automatic email about a change to my gradate record. What does this mean?

We processed a ‘Change of Program’ form to add the Teaching in Higher Education Certificate to your graduate record because you are currently enrolled in the reflective practicum component of the certificate program. At this time there is no action for you to take. Once you complete the practicum, you will submit your paperwork as specified on our program web page. Once you have completed the requirements for the program, we will send you a letter and certificate of completion.  The certificate will be awarded on your transcript after you have applied for graduation from your program of study.


Additional questions

For general questions about the certificate program, please email tlc@temple.edu.

If you are experiencing difficulty registering or submitting documents for the Reflective Practicum, please contact Annette Ponnock (annette.ponnock@temple.edu) for assistance.



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