Teaching in Higher Education Certificate for Graduate Students

What is it?

The Teaching in Higher Education Certificate is a university credential that can be earned by Temple graduate students. It is recorded on the official university transcript upon completion of your degree program. In this program, Temple graduate students learn general principles of teaching and learning, as well as specific teaching issues in their own academic areas.

Why do it?

If you are considering a career teaching at a college or university, the Teaching in Higher Education Certificate will help you

  • Become a more effective educator.
  • Improve your students’ learning.
  • Develop high-quality teaching materials.
  • Stand out in a competitive job market.

How do you get it?

Complete the certificate by following the steps below.

Step 1: Take the Teaching in Higher Education Seminar

This three-credit seminar 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 and a course syllabus.

Students enroll in courses according to their academic discipline. 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

Check our Course Offerings and Registration page for more information.

Course Schedule and Registration

View the Temple graduate course schedule online, and register through the Banner System in TU Portal

Step 2: Complete the Reflective Practicum

The non-credit reflective practicum is individually designed by each student. The student secures a Teaching Assistantship or Adjunct appointment (e.g. as TA lecturer/recitation leader, instructor of record, Writing Center tutor, or lab leader), identifies a practicum mentor withh whom they will meet regularly throughout their teaching experience, and engages in reflection on that experience with the support of their mentor. Practicum mentors are usually not the same person the student TA's for, or who assigned the teaching appointment.


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 and
  • for students to examine selected aspects of their teaching through reflective writing.


Click here to access the registration form for the Teaching in Higher Education Certificate practicum. You must be registered and participating in the Reflective Practicum by the end of the first week of classes. 


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

  1. Teaching with a TA or adjunct appointment
    You could be instructor of record, or a discussion section or lab leader. We also accept TA appointments through the Student Success 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 certificate, contact the CAT (thec@temple.edu) about potential options. Students must secure their own teaching appointment.
  2. Mentor Meetings
    Reflect on your teaching experience through ongoing dialogue in bi-weekly meetings with disciplinary mentor. It is the student's responsibility to contact possible Reflective Practicum mentors and make arrangements to meet with them once every two weeks for discussion.

    Recommended Mentors
    We recommend that you invite someone from the list of recommended mentors to serve as your mentor for the Reflective Practicum. The faculty members on this list are all knowledgeable about the Teaching in Higher Education Curriculum and are open to serving as practicum mentors. If there is not a suitable mentor on the list, you would like to have a particular individual not on the list serve as your mentor, or the individual you wish to work with is not available, please contact thec@temple.edu for support.

    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 Mentor Meeting Log (click here to access a Word doc version of the mentor 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
    As part of the reflective practicum you will be required to keep a reflective journal where you write about a recent event in your teaching experience, for example, an event that made you feel satisfied or frustrated, proud or angry, successful or unsuccessful. In the entry, we ask that you reflect on the experience and what it means to you as a teacher. You should also draw upon what you learned at the Teaching in Higher Education Seminar. You are encouraged to use these journal entries as a springboard for discussion when you meet with your mentor. You should discuss with your mentor specific requirements for the reflective journal such as word count, frequency of entries, and how your mentor would like them submitted (email, Canvas etc.)
Step 3: Submit Completed Materials

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

  1. Mentor Meeting Log (see Step 2: Reflective Practicum)
  2. Certificate Application
  3. Evidence of Teaching form (signed by Department Head or Advisor)

Please submit items digitally as PDF's to CAT at .

Completion Deadlines

Requirements completed duringSubmit materials to CAT by
Fall SemesterDecember 15
Spring SemesterMay 1
Summer SessionAugust 1

Receiving the Certificate 

Once you have completed the requirements for the certificate, we will send you a letter and certificate of completion via email. You will additionally receive a digital copy of your Certificate via email from the sender “Parchment and Temple University <congratulations@parchment.com>”. To access your credentials on TUPortal, visit TUportal > Student Tools tab > Records channel > TUcredentials. According to university policy, the Teaching in Higher Education certificate will be officially added to your transcript upon graduation from your degree program.