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CU-CIRTL Certificate Levels

There are three levels of CU-CIRTL Certificates available that recognize different levels of engagement with the CIRTL Core Ideas.

CIRTL Associates have demonstrated knowledge of effective teaching and research-based practices in a variety of learning environments. Participants at this level of achievement are acknowledged for their commitment to learning and engaging with the core principles that enhance evidence-based teaching. CIRTL Associates are prepared to implement research-based “best practices” in various learning environments in order to achieve learning goals, and to recognize diversity in learning and mentoring needs.

CIRTL Practitioners have not only studied the principles of evidence-based teaching and the CIRTL Core Ideas, but have also begun to implement them in their own teaching. Practitioners have a deeper understanding of the theory behind good teaching and have experience applying the CIRTL Core Ideas in a learning setting. In order to achieve the CIRTL Practitioner Certificate, participants must design and implement a Teaching as Research project, either as a pilot project or through participation in a Teaching as Research course / fellows program.

CIRTL Scholars are leaders among their peers when it comes to evidence-based teaching. They have demonstrated engagement with the scholarship, theory, and implementation of Teaching as Research and have incorporated the best practices in the field into their own teaching. CIRTL Scholars are graduate students and postdocs who have conducted research that advances teaching and learning in the discipline and made the results of their research public for peer review beyond Cornell. CIRTL Scholars have completed a full-scale Teaching as Research project, including proposal development, IRB review, data collection and analysis, and submission for presentation at a conference or publication.

Application Process

Applicants are encouraged to review the requirements for the level of certificate they are seeking and to prepare documentation before beginning the online application. More information about the requirements for CIRTL Associate, Practitioner, and Scholar status are linked above. You may also wish to view the national Learning Outcomes associated with each level.

CIRTL certificate levels