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Graduate School Teaching Certificate

Penn State graduate students wanting recognition of their commitment to college teaching may earn the Graduate School Teaching Certificate. The Graduate School Teaching Certificate was developed to provide graduate students with an avenue to enhance their teaching skills. The certificate is self-directed and available to all Penn State graduate students who fulfill the following requirements:

*It is recommended that the Schreyer Institute Penn State Course in College Teaching precede the second semester of SUBJ 602.

In order for the certificate to be issued, graduate students should provide the completed teaching certificate checklist as well as all materials supporting the completion of the requirements (e.g., Schreyer Institute certificate, transcripts, etc.) to the program chair or department head. The program chair/department head, in consultation with the student’s advisor, must verify completion of the requirements and the checklist in a letter on department letterhead.

Graduate students should then submit the letter from the program chair/department head and the completed checklist electronically to the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School. Supporting materials verifying the completion of checklist requirements need not be submitted.

Notice of completion of the Graduate School Teaching Certificate will not appear on the graduate student’s transcript.

Graduate students wanting recognition of their commitment to college teaching are encouraged to speak to their advisers about this opportunity. Questions about the program should be directed to Please note that this is not a teacher certification program.

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