University Teaching Certificate

The University of California, Riverside’s Graduate Division created the University Teaching Certificate (UTC) Program as a two-quarter instructional training and certification program for graduate students. This highly competitive program is designed to assist graduate students interested in careers as university-level instructors to develop teaching and lecturing strategies, design a teaching philosophy, and become members of the professional teaching community. The goal of the UTC program is to equip graduate students with the necessary skills so that they can be regarded as both outstanding scholars and teachers in their continued work in academia. Ph.D. students and Master’s students are welcome to apply. Postdocs may also apply, but will not receive the four units of UCR credit if they are accepted (see FAQ).

To be considered for the UTC Program you must submit:

  • An application form (including statement of interest)
  • A letter of reference
  • Three quarters of teaching evaluations (alternatively, you may attend the Teaching Development Track of the Teaching Careers Week event held in Spring quarter)

Students are required to attend twice-weekly classes during their first quarter in the program (Mondays/Wednesday 11-11:50am), as well as two seminars during the second quarter. It is our expectation at this time that the Winter 2023 course will meet in person, subject to changes in university policies and/or public health regulations.

The application for Winter 2024 - Spring 2024 cohort is now closed. Applications for the Fall 2024 - Winter 2025 cohort will open in the middle of Spring quarter 2024. 


Questions? Consult our FAQ or email our UTC Coordinator at