The Professional Development Program offers graduate certificates in College Teaching, Mentoring & Leadership, and Research Communication. There are three levels of college teaching certificates through the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) at UAB: Associate—Category B, Practitioner—Category A, and Scholar—Category A. As the student progresses through the different levels of CIRTL, the major products completed include a teaching portfolio and teaching-as-research (TAR) project. Mentoring & Leadership is a Category A graduate certificate focusing on building mentoring and leadership skill sets while creating mentoring and leadership philosophies. The major product of the M&L certificate program is a mentoring and leadership portfolio. The Research Communication Certificate (Category B) program focuses on helping graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and employees in science fields learn how to effectively communicate research to other scientists and non-scientists.

Mentoring & Leadership

Take these required courses for 5 credit hours:

  • GRD 719 Introduction to Mentoring & Leadership (3 credit hours) Online section beginning Fall 2017
  • GRD 735 Leadership 101 Seminar (1 credit hour)
  • GRD 713 Mentoring 101 Seminar (1 credit hour)

Choose from the following options for 10 credit hours:

  • GRD 701 Presentation & Discussion Skills (3 credit hours)
  • GRD 711-VT Improv(ing) Leadership, Teaching & Research Communication Workshop (1 credit hour) NEW
  • GRD 711-VT1 Leadership Survival Skills Workshop (1 credit hour) NEW
  • GRD 745 Communication & Diversity Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research (3 credit hours) OR 728 Professional Writing & Publishing (3 credit hours)
  • GRD 730 Developing & Managing Your Professional Image (3 credit hours)
  • GRD 705 Teaching at the College Level and Beyond (3 credit hours) OR GRD 715 Preparing TAs to be Effective Teachers (2-3 credit hours)
  • GRD 734 Ethical Leadership Development (3 credit hours)
  • GRD 746 Critical Decisions in Mentoring & Leadership (3 credit hours) NEW beginning Fall 2017!
  • GRD 747 Navigating the Job Market (3 credit hours) NEW beginning Fall 2017!
  • GRD 733 Managing & Leading Teams Workshop (1 credit hour)
  • GRD 706 Grants & Fellowships 101 Workshop (1 credit hour)
  • GRD 707 Presenting Effectively Workshop (1 credit hour)
  • GRD 708 Writing Successfully Workshop (1 credit Hour)
  • GRD 748 Faculty Mentoring in Higher Education Workshop (1 credit hour) NEW beginning Fall 2017!

Instructional Delivery includes both face-to-face and online options. Students must satisfactorally complete a total of 15 credit hours to receive a level-A certificate and credit on their transcripts.

For details, contact Dr. Kellie R. Carter, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Educational Services, UAB Graduate School.

Research Communication

Getting the public to support research begins with keeping them inform. Being able to communicate research findings to non-expert audiences is incredibly important, yet many scientists struggle with this task.

The Graduate Certificate in Research Communication is designed to help graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty, and employees in science fields learn how to effectively communicate their research to other scientists and non-scientists alike. The Research Communication Certificate is a Category B Certificate that requires 12 credit hours of approved coursework in subjects such as academic writing, presentations, grant writing, and media.

Any graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, or UAB employee can enroll in this program. No pre-requisites are required. Courses can also simultaneously count toward other certificates such as the Mentoring & Leadership and CIRTL Certificates.

View the Research Communication Certificate Curriculum.

To apply for the Graduate Certificate in Research Communication:

  1. Fill out the online application for admission into The Graduate School (not required of current graduate students).
  2. Once you’re accepted, complete an “Intent to Pursue a Professional Development Certificate” online form.

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CIRTL College Teaching

Learn about the requirements for the College Teaching Certificate on the CIRTL website.