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ECE Ph.D. Students Earn Teaching Certificates

Atlanta, GA

Six Ph.D. students from the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) received certificates from the Tech to Teaching Program and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL). The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) coordinates both of these efforts at Georgia Tech. 

The ECE Ph.D. students receiving the Tech to Teaching Program certificates are Paloma Casteleiro Costa, Jing Dao Chen, Blake Hayes, Adrian Ildefonso, and Anish Mukherjee. The ECE Ph.D. students receiving CIRTL certificates are Paloma Casteleiro Costa and Theodore (TJ) LaGrow. 

Georgia Tech launched the Tech to Teaching program in 2009 in response to the nationwide call to expand graduate student and postdoc training in teaching. Originally an NSF-funded project, the design of the certificate program was evaluated, revised, and relaunched in fall 2016. At the same time, Georgia Tech joined the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a 37-institution network whose mission is to improve undergraduate STEM education through the development of future faculty.

Tech to Teaching participants complete 10 learning outcomes that are organized around major pillars of evidence based teaching: how students learn, the impact of student diversity on learning, effective teaching techniques, creating and assessing learning goals, and integrating technology into teaching. Participants select from multiple pathways to achieve the foundation-level learning outcomes, including 3-credit graduate level courses, on campus workshops, or online resources. Upon completing the 10 foundation-level outcomes, participants receive the CIRTL Associate Level certificate.

This year, a record 49 graduate students and postdocs received the Tech to Teaching certificate and 68 participants received the CIRTL certificate. CTL has awarded 114 Tech to Teaching certificates and 170 CIRTL certificates since 2016.

To read the original blog post about all Georgia Tech Tech to Teaching Program and CIRTL Program certificate recipients, visit https://blog.ctl.gatech.edu/2020/05/22/future-faculty-earn-teaching-certificates/.


Last revised July 9, 2020