The Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology Center for Teaching recently launched the Cultivating Excellence in Teaching Credential, specifically designed for graduate students and postdocs interested in teaching.

To obtain the credential, students need to attend four workshops from the Center for Teaching’s graduate teaching assistant programming, write a reflective essay, and meet with a center staff member to discuss their future teaching goals.

“The credential acts as a low-barrier way for graduate students to gain more teaching knowledge,” says Erik Fuhrer, a teaching and learning specialist in the Center for Teaching, “and it also will provide a tangible indication of their pedagogical training to include on their CVs.”

Fuhrer explains that the credential is an opportunity for students to demonstrate that they’re thinking—actively and intentionally—about teaching and to show that they sought opportunities to engage in a deeper way with pedagogical theory and practice.

Apply for the Credential

The credential offer extends to any previous workshops graduate students have attended, as long as they provide the necessary information and are current University of Iowa students.

For more information, email Erik Fuhrer at