The Graduate Teaching Certificate recognizes the participation of graduate teaching assistants (GA/RA/TAs) in the development programs offered by the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center. The certificate acknowledges these individualsâ€™ commitment to effective teaching and can enhance their academic credentials. To qualify for this recognition, a graduate teaching assistant must have attended the full-day TA Orientation or one other daylong teaching effectiveness program made available to TAs and at least five (5) programs of shorter duration offered by Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center.
NIU graduate teaching assistants are encouraged to apply for the certificate by printing and completing the application found on the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center website at http://www.niu.edu/facdev/ta/applications/gradteachcert.pdf and mailing it to the Center. Once completed applications are received and processed, certificates are sent to the teaching assistantsâ€™ department to acknowledge their commitment to effective teaching and present the certificates to them. If TAs need a few more workshops to qualify for the certificate, they are encouraged to check the current schedule of TA programs on the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center website.