Interested in teaching and professional development?

The Center for Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) is here to help!

The CIRTL@UCLA certification pathway (Associate, Practitioner, Scholar) will give you amazing training in teaching and professional development that will prepare you in whatever field you are going into, making you more competitive for faculty and industry positions.

There are three levels of certification for the CIRTL program: CIRTL Associate, CIRTL Practitioner, and CIRTL Scholar. Each level has unique learning outcomes:

  • Associate level: recognizes the role of the CIRTL core ideas in effective teaching and learning
  • Practitioner level: addresses scholarly teaching using the CIRTL core ideas to demonstrably improve learning of students by completing a teaching-as-research (TAR) project
  • Scholar level: advances teaching and learning, and makes the results from TAR project public. 

CIRTL program outcomes conceived in this way permit anyone to enter the CIRTL Network learning community from a wide variety of disciplines, needs, and past experiences, and to achieve success as a teacher at a wide variety of engagement. One way to achieve CIRTL Scholar level is to participate in the STAR program (discussed below) but this is not the only way, and requirements can be discussed with the Communications Coordinator, Katie Dixie (kdixie@ceils.ucla.edu), on an individual basis.

There are many ways to engage with the CIRTL community. If you participate in any courses or events associated with either the national CIRTL network or local CIRTL@UCLA program, sign-up on the CIRTL network, and sign-up for our newsletter you are automatically considered part of the CIRTL Community! Welcome!

  1. Engage with CIRTL@UCLA: There are many ways to get involved in the CIRTL program at UCLA. Courses and workshops are designed for the advancement and professionalization of graduate students and faculty.  Many of our CIRTL courses are outlined under the “Associate Level” banner. We also have information sessions and other events, so complete the steps below to learn more about our offerings!
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  2. Join the CIRTL Network: To join the CIRTL online network, take 1 minute to register here. It’s easy and it’s free!
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  3. Join the CIRTL@UCLA CCLE Collaboration Site:
    • Login Here: https://ccle.ucla.edu/course/view/cirtl-collab
    • After logging in enter this enrollment key: #R95LShu
    • Once you have accessed the CCLE site, click “Associate Level”
    • View instructions on how to track your progress through certification levels
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  4. Sign-up for the Newsletter: In addition to our online communities there are many courses and workshops designed for the advancement and professionalization of graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. Check out our monthly newsletter for more upcoming offerings! Please feel free to share our newsletter! Subscribe Here

Requirements for Associate Level 

  1. Evidence-Based Teaching Course: You must complete one course on Evidence-Based Teaching (EBT) that aligns with the CIRTL learning outcomes. Options include but are not limited to:
    • In fall quarter, CIRTL@UCLA offers Grad PD 496A. Learn more here.
    • TAC summer academy
    • TA training courses: LS495, CH495, or Psych 495 + 495B
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  2. Additional Professional Development: In addition, you must complete 20-25 hours of an additional course or workshop related to EBT or Professional Development. At least one of these hours must be completed on the CIRTL Network. Examples of courses and events that qualify are:
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    CIRTL online courses and workshops (posted on our home page and on the CIRTL website)

    • Career Readiness Inside and Outside the Academy. 
    • Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy
    • Community Engaged Teaching (Grad PD 495CE)
    • Entering Mentoring Training program
    • EPIC and CAT workshops, including TA conference and TA workshops
    • If there are courses you have taken that are not on these lists and you think may align with the CIRTL learning outcomes, please contact the CIRTL@UCLA Communications Coordinator.
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  3. Teaching Statement: Submit a draft of a teaching statement through the tracking form below.
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  4. Tracking Form: Complete the CIRTL Associate Tracking Form so we can confirm that you have completed all of the requirements.

If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact Katie Dixie (kdixie@ceils.ucla.edu). 

Teaching-as-Research (TAR): The next steps in the CIRTL certification process are centered around the idea of “Teaching as Research”. The improvement of teaching and learning is a dynamic and ongoing process, just as is research in any discipline. At the core of improving teaching and learning is the need to accurately determine what students have learned as a result of teaching practices. This is a research problem, to which instructors can effectively apply their research skills and ways of knowing. In so doing, instructors themselves become the agents for change in teaching and learning. Learn more: What is Teaching as Research?

Teaching-as-Research involves the deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of students and teachers. The process  of completing a TAR project includes identifying a research question and designing an intervention to assess the effectiveness of your teaching. However, a TAR project is not necessarily a Discipline Based Research Project, in the sense that it is meant to be a relatively small intervention, and not a publishable research study (although some TAR students design projects with the intent to publish). The goal is to learn how to become a reflective teacher so that wherever you end up working, you will be able to apply these methods to assess your own teaching.

For examples of TAR projects, visit our TAR Scholars page.

Requirements for Practitioner Level 

  1. Complete the CIRTL@UCLA TAR Course Series: You must complete two courses designed to help you plan and implement your TAR project, Grad PD 496B: “Teaching as Research” (offered in Winter) and Grad PD 496C “Implementing a Teaching as Research Project” (offered in Spring). Learn more about these courses here.
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  2. Implement Your TAR Project: In order to become an official CIRTL Practitioner, you must actually implement the TAR project that you plan. This means completing your project and collecting data. The data does not need to be analyzed in order to qualify, however, as that is the requirement to become a Scholar.
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  3. Tracking Form: Complete the CIRTL Practitioner Tracking Form so we can confirm that you have completed all of the requirements.

If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact Katie Dixie (kdixie@ceils.ucla.edu). 

Requirements for Scholar Level 

  1. Analyze and Present Your TAR Project: In order to become a scholar, you must analyze the data you collected when implementing your TAR project and present your findings in a scholarly setting. You must then submit a copy of your presentation using the Scholar Tracking form below. You can present your project at events such as:
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    • Local CIRTL@UCLA TAR Presentation event (typically held in Fall or Winter)
    • During the CIRTL Network TAR Presentations (offered in Spring)
    • During a CEILS Journal Club session
    • In a departmental seminar or other local venue
    • As a poster at a local or national conference
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  2. Submit a Teaching Statement: After completing your TAR project, you should update and complete a Teaching Statement and submit it through the Scholar Tracking Form below.
  3. Submit a Bio and Photo (Optional): If you would like to be featured on our website or to have your accomplishments shared in our newsletter, please submit a short bio and headshot using the Scholar Tracking Form below.
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  4. Sign-Up for the Alumni Network: In order to stay in touch with CIRTL and continue to access the CIRTL network courses and events, sign-up for the CIRTL Alumni Network. You can also join the CIRTL@UCLA LinkedIn group to stay in touch with the local CIRTL@UCLA community!
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  5. Tracking Form: Complete the CIRTL Scholar Tracking Form to submit the documents mentioned above and so we can confirm that you have completed all of the requirements.

If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact Katie Dixie (kdixie@ceils.ucla.edu). To learn more about our scholars, visit our TAR Scholars page.