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Drexel CIRTL Resources


Drexel CIRTL Certificates distinguish emerging leaders in evidence-based teaching practices among future faculty. Offered as a part of national initiatives to advance quality teaching in higher education, CIRTL certificates are an increasingly recognizable credential in today’s competitive academic job market.

The certificate levels are Associates, Practitioners, and Scholars.

Who Can Participate?

Drexel CIRTL Certificates are open to the entire Drexel community, but aimed at graduate students and postdoctoral scholars STEM fields, including social, behavioral, and economic sciences and STEM education.


The Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence is happy to host several types of events for the Drexel community. The following events are integral for graduate and post-doc students to attend in their process of obtaining the Drexel CIRTL Achievement Certificates.

Pedagogical Happy Hours

The CASTLE Pedagogical Happy Hour is a program hosted by the Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence (CASTLE) and sponsored by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The program features a current faculty member who will present a brief overview of an effective teaching strategy utilized in their classroom or laboratory. The presentations are then followed by audience Q&A and discussion.


Seminar Series

The CASTLE Seminar Series is focused on continuous improvements in STEM education, teaching and learning. Speakers from a variety of institutions and internal experts from Drexel University are invited to lead conversations on local, regional and national trends in the transformation of STEM Education.



The PROFESS program, a National Science Foundation (NSF) pilot uses a new model of graduate education that enables students to train in educational methods as a part of their graduate careers and earn an additional graduate minor or advanced degree in Undergraduate STEM Teaching. PROFESS focuses on evidence-based practices of STEM teaching and learning, and inclusive classroom and laboratory practices. Students can either complete the entire graduate minor, masters, or only a few courses to gain some pedagogical knowledge and teaching experience to enhance their STEM undergraduate teaching skill-set.

Please see our catalog for a brief description of each course

Past Events

The 6th National CIRTL Forum

Since its inception, CIRTL has held a national Forum every 2-3 years, attracting ~ 275 deans, faculty, staff and graduate students from a diverse set of higher education institutions, as well as leaders from national organizations devoted to improving STEM education. Each CIRTL Forum offers attendees opportunities to interact with visionary thought-leaders in higher education, gain perspectives from current and future faculty, and enjoy rich discussions and innovative programming.

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