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 in-person twice-weekly classes during their first quarter in the program (Tuesday/Thursday 11-11:50am), as well as three seminars during the second quarter. 

The application for Fall 2024 - Winter 2025 cohort is now closed. Please reach out to the current UTC coordinator, J Selke, at with any questions about the program. The Winter - Spring 2025 cohort applications will release during the Fall 2024 quarter. 


Questions? Consult our FAQ or email our UTC Coordinator at