Pitt-CIRTL The Learning Community

Our Mission
The Pitt-CIRTL mission is to enhance excellence in STEM undergraduate education through the development of future faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective-teaching practices for diverse learners as part of successful and varied professional careers.

Certification in STEM Teaching

Participants engage in opportunities to fulfill requirements to receive non-degree certificates approved by the Provost's office. Three certification levels that vary in the rigor can be obtained.
Associate Level - Participants have the knowledge and skills to be effective teachers, where they are able to implement research-based "best" practices in different learning environments.

Practitioner Level - Participants use the Teaching-as-Research (TAR) process, applying the scientific method to their teaching approach, to improve their teaching practices and enhance student learning. Scholarly teaching builds on what others have learned in an ongoing way, seeks evidence of learning, and uses evidence to improve teaching practices.

Scholar Level - Scholars go beyond scholarly teaching and are driven by a desire to understand how students learn effectively and how teaching influences this process.