Three Core Ideas are at the foundation of CIRTL programming: Teaching as Research, Learning Communities, and Learning through Diversity. As participants demonstrate increasing mastery of these concepts and their application, they are eligible to receive nationally-recognized certificates of achievement in evidence-based teaching and mentorship practices.
In order to receive a CIRTL certificate, participants must meet learning outcomes at each level. At the Associate level, there are many flexible coursework and workshop options to pursue an individualized pathway to familiarity with the learning outcomes.
The major requirement for CIRTL Practitioner level certificate status is to design and conduct a pilot-scale Teaching as Research project. (This can be done through participation in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program, engagement with Discipline-Based Education Research, or other means.) However, the list below indicates some of the content and skills frequently involved in doing so.
CIRTL Scholars have contributed to the evidence base of knowledge about best practices for teaching and mentorship through peer-reviewed publication or conference presentation.