CUTS - Certificate in University Teaching Skills
The purpose of the Certificate Program is to promote the development of Saint Louis University faculty, instructors (full- and part-time), graduate students (full- and part-time), and teaching staff in their journey toward teaching excellence. The CUTS program provides participants with information and opportunities to enhance their teaching practice, develop a philosophy of teaching, and document teaching competencies.
Participation Certificate in University Teaching Skills
The Participation Certificate is earned by attending ten Effective Teaching Seminars (ETS), which are offered on a regular basis by the CTTL.
Full Certificate in University Teaching Skills
The Full Certificate in University Teaching Skills, with more complex requirements, is designed to go beyond attendance at ten ETSs through additional mentoring, reflection, and development of teaching artifacts; this work is the basis of the Full certificate's culminating product: a teaching portfolio.
See Requirements & Forms for detailed requirements.
Both certificates are offered at no cost to participants.
The certificate program is available to Saint Louis University faculty, instructors (full- and part-time), graduate students (full- and part-time), and teaching staff. Participants remain eligible to complete the program as long as they are employed at SLU or enrolled as a student.
Time for Completion
Because both Certificates are the result of an ongoing process of reflection, participants take a minimum of two semesters to complete either certificate (many participants choose to finish in two years). Certificates are awarded twice a year, at the fall and spring semester Certificate Ceremonies.
How to Enroll
Complete and submit our Statement of Intent form: Click Here
Participates may enroll and begin attending and completing certificate requirements at any time.
The Program is meant to ensure that all participants have met the following objectives:
- Identify and analyze different learning and teaching styles.
- Design a discipline-specific course and syllabus with appropriate instructional methodology and measurable learning objectives.
- Acquire fundamental classroom teaching skills, including lecturing, managing discussions, and other active learning, collaborative techniques.
- Identify and integrate different uses of either technology or service learning in teaching and learning.
- Discuss and apply various methods to assess student learning outcomes and teaching.
- Identify and analyze the place of teaching in the range of academic professional responsibilities.
- Examine and apply the ethics of faculty-student relationships.
- Acquire an appreciation for the art of teaching.