CTL PointsPartyCertificatesThe UAB Center for Teaching and Learning offers the CTL Teaching Certificate. Certification affirms that the one has participated in significant professional development in teaching through CTL workshops and other approved activities that strengthen and develop their effectiveness in the classroom. This printed certificate is suitable for framing, for display, and for inclusion in teaching portfolios. Each year the CTL offers more than 100 workshops that earn points and badges towards certification and soon, faculty members can earn multiple certificates depending on their level of involvement. To learn more about workshops offered through the UAB CTL, please visit our "Workshop Series" page.

Earning CTL Teaching Certificate Points and Badges

To receive a CTL Teaching Certificate simply earn 100,000 points, including at least 70,000 Gold Points and 20,000 Green Points. The remaining 10,000 points may be either Gold or Green.

  • Tracking Points
  • Gold Points
  • Green Points
  • Badges

CTL Passport ImagePoints 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.

Artifacts and activities (homework) can be submitted for credit to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Points and badges will be tracked and displayed publically on the CTL Certification Leaderboard. Use the link at the top of this page to check your points. If your records don't align with what the leaderboard is showing, please contact 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.

Each Center for Teaching and Learning workshop series will be associated with at least one badge. Badges indicate that the activity is related to a specific teaching area or skill. When you attend workshops, you will be given a badge sticker, 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 ask for one on your next visit to the CTL! See below for more information about each workshop series.

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Workshop Series

Workshops offered at the Center for Teaching and Learning are organized into the topic-specific series listed below. Visit this page to learn more about each series.

  • Advising as Teaching Series
  • Executive Presenter Series
  • Faculty Foundations Series
  • Global Awareness Series
  • Medical Educators Series
  • Mental Health Matters Series
  • QEP Workshop Series
  • Teaching Effectiveness Series
  • Teaching Innovation Series
  • Teaching with Technology Series

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

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