CTL Teaching Certificates Certification affirms that one has participated in significant professional development in teaching through CTL workshops, teaching observations, development of teaching materials, and other approved activities that strengthen and develop teaching skills. Printed certificates are suitable for framing, for display, and for inclusion in teaching portfolios. Each year the CTL offers more than 150 workshops that earn points and badges towards certification. To learn more about workshops offered through the Center for Teaching and Learning, please visit the CTL homepage.

The UAB Center for Teaching and Learning offers three Teaching Certificates (see below for certificate requirements):

  • The CTL Teaching Certificate (Level I)
  • The Online Design and Teaching Certificate (Level I)
  • The Platinum CTL Teaching Certificate (Level II)

Gamification of the CTL Teaching Certification Program

Points and a badging system are used to track progress and to encourage participation in the CTL Teaching Certification program. To receive a certificate, participants must earn 100,000 points. These can include "Gold" points, "Platinum" points, and "Green" points. Ten-thousand Gold or Platinum points are awarded for participation in each CTL workshop and for teaching observations and 5,000 Green points are awarded for developing teaching materials, creating teaching artifacts, and participating in CTL homework assignments.

  • CTL Teaching Certificate (Level I)
  • Online Design and Teaching Certificate (Level I)
  • Platinum CTL Teaching Certificate (Level II)

Requirements for the CTL Teaching Certificate (Level I)

To receive the CTL Teaching Certificate, participants are required to earn at least 100,000 points, including at least 70,000 Gold Points. The remaining 30,000 points may be earned as either Gold or Green points.

For additional details on the CTL Teaching Certificate (Level I), contact the UAB Center for Teaching and Learning.

Requirements for the Online Design and Teaching Certificate (Level I)

The Online Design and Teaching Certificate is offered in cooperation with the UAB Division of eLearning and Professional Studies, Disability Support Services, and other units across campus. It provides professional development opportunities, primarily focused on online and hybrid course design and teaching, Universal Design for Learning, and Teaching Tools.

The Online Design and Teaching Certificate will be awarded to individuals who earn 100,000 points of which 70,000 points must be earned from at least one Universal Design for Learning (UDL) workshop and at least one Online Design and Teaching (ODT) workshop. Attending the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop also satisfies the ODT component workshop. The remaining 30,000 points may be earned from the Teaching Tools workshops and other approved electives.

For additional details on the Online Design and Teaching Certificate, contact UAB eLearning and Professional Studies.

Requirements for the Platinum CTL Teaching Certificate (Level II)

The Platinum CTL Teaching Certificate provides UAB teachers with more advanced professional development opportunities in teaching. To receive the certificate, participants must earn at least 100,000 points beyond the CTL Teaching Certificate. These must include at least 70,000 “Platinum” points which are earned by attending specially designated Platinum-level workshops, through teacher observations, and by completion of a capstone project and presentation. Specifically, participants must complete the following requirements:

  1. Earn the CTL Teaching Certificate (Level I).
  2. Be a UAB instructor of record for at least one course with students enrolled during the semester the certificate is earned.
  3. Attend at least three Platinum-level workshops (30,000 Platinum points)
  4. Have their teaching observed on two occasions by CTL personnel and/or approved mentors - preferably near the beginning and end of a semester (10,000 Platinum points/ observation)
  5. Observe the teaching of another UAB Teacher, designated by the CTL (10,000 Platinum points)
  6. Complete a capstone teaching project, approved by the CTL, and present the project to an audience of other teachers (10,000 Platinum points)

For additional details on the Platinum CTL Teaching Certificate (Level II), contact the UAB Center for Teaching and Learning.



  • Tracking Points
  • Gold Points
  • Green Points
  • Platinum Points

CTL Passport Image Points for full attendance at Center for Teaching and Learning events will be logged and recorded based on the sign-in sheet for each event, so be sure to sign in when you arrive. Points and badges are tracked and displayed publicly on the CTL Certification Leaderboard. The leaderboard is updated manually several times each month. If your records don't align with the points displayed on the leaderboard, please contact the CTL.

When you attend workshops, you will also be given a badge for the workshop series as well as a sticker for your points which you can affix in your CTL Passport for your own records.  If you have not received a CTL passport or a CTL neck wallet to hold your passport, be sure to grad one on your next visit to the CTL!

Gold Points are awarded for attending CTL workshops.


  • One CTL workshop = 10,000 Gold Points
  • Workshops are presented by UAB Center for Teaching and Learning faculty or invited guests. Most workshops are presented at the CTL (EB Suite 240), or the UAB Learning Resource Center (LRC 210-A). Workshops in the Medical Educators Series are presented in Volker Hall and the Bradley Conference Center.  Individual schools, departments, and other groups may request workshops to be presented at faculty meetings, retreats, and other gatherings.

Green Points are awarded for proof of Teaching Artifacts and Activities.


  • One Teaching Artifact/Activity/Homework = 5,000 Green Points
  • Teaching Artifacts are documents, small projects, or other products created as a result of learning acquired through a CTL workshop. Examples include a course map or syllabus created using backwards design, a test or quiz created containing “good” test questions, a recorded lecture prepared for a flipped classroom, a Team Based Learning application exercise, and so forth.
  • Green points may also be earned for activities completed in an effort to improve one’s teaching. Examples include consulting with a CTL faculty member or teaching fellow, sharing a Teaching Artifact with another teacher, observing another teacher’s classroom, tutoring another teacher as they create a Teaching Artifact, and so forth.

Platinum points are awarded for attending Platinum-level CTL workshops, for participating in teaching observations, and for completing a Platinum capstone project.

10k Platinum

  • One Platinum CTL workshop = 10,000 Platinum points
  • Platinum workshops are presented by UAB Center for Teaching and Learning personnel and carry the Platinum points designation. Platinum workshops are generally at least 90 minutes long and involve a significant out-of-workshop assignment. Several Platinum workshops are offered each month.
  • Having one's teaching observed by CTL personnel or observing the teaching of another CTL-approved teaching earns 10,000 Platinum points.
  • The completion and presentation of the Platinum capstone teaching project earns 10,000 Platinum points.


2016 PointsParty Recipiants

Workshop Series and Badges

Each workshop offered at the Center for Teaching and Learning is part of a workshop series. These are organized by topic and presenter or presenting organization and each series is represented by a CTL badge. At each workshop, attendees receive a badge sticker that can be affixed to a CTL Passport for your own records. CTL passports and neck wallets to carry the passport can be obtained at the CTL. Click on a series title below to learn more about each series and to learn about upcoming workshops.

To begin working toward CTL Certification or attend seminars and workshops, register at uab.edu/CTL or contact the CTL.


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