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Effective Teaching Credit Requirements

In addition to the portfolio requirements, a minimum of 15 Effective Teaching Credits, and at least two semesters must be completed to earn this Certificate. To enroll in the Certificate, complete the Statement of Intent.


Requirements comprise at least 10 of the total 15 Effective Teaching Credits.

Praxis Workshops - (one credit each)
Choose a minimum of six; additional Praxis workshops attended count toward elective credit.
Topics change each semester, approximately six offered once each semester

Online Courses (one credit each; all three required; must be taken in order)

  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Course Design
  • Learning Technologies

Mentor Meetings (one credit for all four as a set; all four required)

  • Getting Started
  • Reviewing the Teaching Philosophy Draft
  • Reviewing a Recorded Teaching Situation (situation must be at least 30 minutes in duration)
  • Reviewing the Teaching Portfolio


Electives are chosen beyond the requirements to fulfill the remaining Effective Teaching Credits.

Teaching Essentials (one credit for every two)
Topics vary each semester

Institutes (up to two credits each)

  • Winter Institute
  • Ignatian Pedagogy Institute
  • May Event
  • Other Reinert Center Institute (with permission)

Observation + Consultation (one credit)
Conducted by Reinert Center Staff either in person or recorded
*Limit two (2) for credit

Small Group Instructional Feedback (SGIF) Session + Consultation (one credit)
Conducted by Reinert Center Staff at the midpoint of the term
*Limit two (2) for credit

Independent Study (one credit each)

  • Service Learning

Approved Conferences (up to two credits each)

  • UMSL Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference

Designated Additions (one credit each)
Special events and programs designated by the Reinert Center as earning credit

Substitutions (up to two credits)
See substitution policy on the Reinert Center website