Services for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Graduate student teaching

Professional Development

Earn a certificate and develop teaching skills that you can use immediately through our TA and Postdoc Professional Development Program and Designing and Delivering Online Learning Certificate Program. If you are pursuing a career in academia, the Preparing Future Faculty Program offers credit-bearing courses that develop teaching expertise and explore the faculty role.

International graduate student

Academic English for International Graduate Students and Postdocs

If you are a multilingual international graduate student or postdoc, CEI has resources and programs to support you as you navigate teaching in English within UMN’s educational culture. Because UMN has a language requirement for teaching assistants, we provide testing (Spoken English Test for TAs) and required courses through the International Teaching Assistant Program for those whose English Language Proficiency Rating is less than a “1”.  We also offer workshops on English Pronunciation for Academics.

Students working together in an active learning classroom

Resources Related to Teaching

Use our multimedia DIY teaching resources as guides for research-based and practical support for instruction, gathering student feedback, or writing a teaching philosophy. Or join UMN colleagues in a pedagogically-focused workshop that we offer centrally or bring to your department, college, or campus. 

Ilene with client


CEI consultants can meet with you individually to address teaching questions on any topic, such as student engagement or grading more efficiently and effectively. We can plan with you how to gather, analyze, and act on midterm student feedback. Work with a CEI consultant to establish a teaching-focused discussion series for graduate instructors and TAs in your department.