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 200 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 four certificate programs (see below for each program requirements):

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

Gamification of the CTL Certification Program

Points and a badging system are used to track progress and to encourage participation in the CTL 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. Each workshop or homework can only be used once towards the achievement of a specific certification.

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

Requirements for the CTL Gold Certificate (Level I)

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

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

Requirements for the CTL Global Awareness Certificate (Level I)

The Center for Teaching and Learning is partnering with the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) to offer a new CTL Global Awareness Certificate. To qualify for the CTL Global Awareness Certificate, participants must complete a total of 100,000 points with at least 40,000 points earned in CTL Global Awareness workshops and 40,000 points earned in DEI Global Awareness workshops. The remaining 20,000 points may come from other Global Awareness workshops, other CTL workshops, or green homework points.

CTL Global Awareness workshops are presented by CTL Associate Director for International Student Support, Dr. Ariel Gil. DEI global awareness workshops are presented by DEI Education Director, Amanda Shaffer, and include the following topics: Cultural Awareness Building Blocks, SafeZone Training, Unconscious Bias Training, and Bystander Intervention.

For additional details on the CTL Global Awareness Certificate, 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 60,000 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 40,000 points may be earned from the Teaching Tools workshops and other approved electives.

For additional details on the Online Design and Teaching Certificate and to track your progress towards this certificate, visit this UAB eLearning website.

Requirements for the CTL Platinum Certificate (Level II)

The CTL Platinum Certificate provides UAB teachers with more advanced professional development opportunities in teaching. To receive the certificate, participants must earn at least 100,000 additional points beyond the CTL Gold 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. The remaining 30k points may be either Gold, Green, or Platinum. Specifically, participants must complete the following requirements:

  1. Earn the CTL Gold Certificate (Level I).
  2. Be an instructor of record for at least one course at UAB with students enrolled during the semester the certificate is earned.
  3. Attend at least three Platinum-level workshops (30,000 Platinum points, see details below)**
  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)
  7. Along with the 70k Platinum points, earn an additional 30k Green, Gold, or Platinum points towards this certificate for a total of 100k points.

**When you attend Platinum-level workshops, you will first receive 10k Gold points. Upon submission and review of the required Platinum homework, your 10k Gold points will be converted into 10k Platinum Points. Points will not be awarded until homework submissions are reviewed and commented on by the workshop presenter, which may take a little more time than 5k Green Point homework.

For additional details on the CTL Platinum 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 records 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 grab one on your next visit to the CTL!

Gold Points are awarded for attending CTL workshops.

10k

  • One CTL workshop = 10,000 Gold Points
  • Workshops are presented by UAB Center for Teaching and Learning faculty, CTL Points Partners, 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. Please double check the location of your event when you register.
  • Gold Points can only be used once towards the achievement of a specific certification.

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

5k

  • One approved 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. Teaching artifacts must be assigned by workshop presenters in order to receive Green Points.
  • 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. Outside activities must first be approved by the CTL in order to receive Green Points.
  • Green Points can only be used once towards the achievement of a specific certification.

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. At least one Platinum workshop is offered each month during the semester.
  • 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.

**When you attend Platinum-level workshops, you will first receive 10k Gold points. Upon submission and review of the required Platinum homework, your 10k Gold points will be converted into 10k Platinum Points. Points will not be awarded until homework submissions are reviewed and commented on by the workshop presenter, which may take a little more time than 5k Green Point homework.

 

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Workshop Series and Badges

Workshop series are offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning and CTL Points Partners. 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 are for your own records. CTL passports and neck wallets to carry the passport can be obtained at the CTL. Click on a series title at the bottom of this page to learn more about each series and to view 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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