The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is a nation-wide online network of 40+ universities that seek to enhance excellence in undergraduate education through development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing evidence-based teaching practices for diverse learners. The goal of CIRTL is to improve the learning of all students at every college and university, and thereby to increase the diversity in fields and the literacy of the nation.

The CIRTL@UCLA program supports the professional and career development of graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and current faculty who are engaged in teaching now, or who are considering academic careers. The collaboration of CIRTL@UCLA and the national network inspires commitment to use effective teaching practices for diverse college students, and to provide current and future faculty the knowledge and tools to do so.  The project was funded by the National Science Foundation to support future faculty in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), but has expanded to include graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from ALL disciplines. 

Learn more about CIRTL@UCLA and the National CIRTL Network by watching this video where we discuss some of the highlights of the CIRTL@UCLA certification pathway. We share some of the benefits of participating and different options for how you can get involved!

Benefits to engaging with CIRTL include:

  • Be competitive for a broader array of academic jobs
  • Negotiate for higher salary
  • Become a more effective teacher
  • Implement inclusive teaching and actively engage in social justice
  • Communicate effectively to a broad audience

CIRTL Core Ideas:

UCLA has CIRTL programs built on the CIRTL core ideas: Teaching-as-research, learning communities and learning-through-diversity. Our local learning community offers its own robust schedule of courses, programs, events, internships and resources. In addition, all UCLA graduate students and post docs automatically have access to the CIRTL online network and can participate with our CIRTL partners in a national cross-network learning community.


  • The professor as change agent
  • The deliberate and systematic use of research
    methods to advance teaching and learning practices
  • Self-sustained improvement of undergraduate education

Learning Communities

  • In learning communities, graduate students,
    post-doc, and faculty share learning and discovery
  • Participants collaboratively construct knowledge
    and achieve learning goals
  • Supports growth in teaching and learning


  • Excellence and diversity are necessarily intertwined
  • Students and faculty bring an array of experiences and skills
  • Learning of all students is enhanced if all engaged

UCLA Graduate Division’s core competencies align with CIRTL@UCLA’s core ideas making it the perfect sponsor for the CIRTL programming and training on campus.

Grad Division Core Competencies