Associate Certificate

CIRTL Certificates are nationally recognized certifications.

The Associate Certificate is the initial foundation of teaching and learning. 

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes intended for those working toward an Associate Certificate are centered around describing and recognizing value. 

Evidence-Based Teaching 

  • Describe and recognize the value of realistic well-defined, achievable, measurable, and student-centered learning goals.
  • Describe several known high-impact, evidence-based effective instructional practices and materials and recognize their alignment with particular types of learning goals.
  • Describe several assessment techniques and recognize their alignment with particular types of learning goals.

Learning Communities 

  • Describe and recognize the value of learning communities, and how they impact student learning.
  • Describe several techniques for creating a learning community within a learning environment, including strategies that promote positive interdependence between learners to accomplish learning goals.
  • Describe several techniques and issues of establishing learning communities comprising a diverse group of learners.
  • Recognize the value of and participate in local professionally-focused learning communities associated with teaching and learning.

Learning through Diversity 

  • Describe the scope of diversity in the learning environments of students and instructors.*
  • Describe the impact of diversity on student learning, such as how diversity can enhance learning and how inequities can negatively impact learning if not addressed.
  • Describe how an instructor’s beliefs and biases can influence student learning.
  • Describe and recognize the value of drawing on diversity in the development of teaching plans (including content, teaching practices, and assessments) to foster learning.
  • Describe several learning-through-diversity (LtD) techniques and strategies.

* Including but not limited to backgrounds, race, gender, ability, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, gender preference, and cognitive skills.


Teaching as Research 

  • Describe how to access the literature and existing knowledge about teaching and learning issues, in a discipline or more broadly.
  • Define and recognize the value of the Teaching-as-Research process, and how it can be used for ongoing enhancement of learning.
  • Describe a “full-inquiry” cycle.
  • Describe how the integration of Evidence-Based Teaching, Learning Communities, and Learning-through-Diversity within Teaching-as-Research can be integrated to implement and advance effective teaching practices for diverse learners.

Associate Certificate Requirements

Associate-level participants must attend at least five professional development events on teaching and learning and submit one document.

  • Five events, activities, workshops, or courses centered around teaching and learning practices.
    • One of these events, activities, workshops, or courses must focus on social responsibility (e.g., diversity, equity, inclusion, ethics).
  • A teaching philosophy statement

These activities can be offered by UMB, the UMB Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, regional CIRTL partners (e.g., UMCP, UMBC, JHU, or Howard University), and the national CIRTL network. Participation in these activities can be either face-to-face or online.

Documentation must be submitted on the UMB CIRTL online course site located on Blackboard. Please contact to request access. 


Badge with the word associate in between the CIRTL and UMB logos

Before pursuing any certificate, please contact Jennifer Aumiller, MEd, the Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Scholars and the Director of the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development ( to ensure your selected activities or project will count toward certification.