What is it?

The Teacher Leader Certificate is a series of competencies and experiences offered through intensive and innovative workshops and 10 hours of volunteer work in an education setting.

While workshops blend theory and practice on various competency areas, community partnerships encourage strong classroom leadership skills, helping you better understand the context in which our schools operate. The program was developed in response to needs identified by policy leaders,faculty, school administrators, alumni, and community partners as teacher skills necessary for student success in the classroom. The Certificate builds upon existing strengths, brings existing resources and experiences together to enable students to better innovate, improve, develop and discover their identity as emerging teacher leaders.

What are the requirements?

You have four different Track options to choose from: 

  1. Participate in at least 6workshops of your interest
  2. Complete the Level 1 Google Educator Certificate
  3. Complete the 10 hour volunteer experience
  1. Participate in a mandatory meeting and and attend 4 UIREACH identified workshops, and 2workshops of your interest
  2. Complete the Level 1 Google Educator Certificate
  3. Complete the 10 hour UIREACH volunteer experience
  1. Participate in all 6 of the predefined workshops for this track. These workshops must be taken in order
  2. Complete the Level 1 Google Educator Certificate
  3. Complete the 10 hour EL volunteer experience
  1. Complete the mandatory Introduction to SELWorkshop, 3 SEL identified workshops, and 2workshops of your interest
  2. Complete the Level 1 Google Educator Certificate
  3. Complete the 10 hour SEL volunteer experience

Workshops and volunteer hours must be completed prior to student teaching. The volunteer experience required for the certificate does NOT include the volunteer hours necessary prior to admission in the teacher education program

Getting Started

As a practicing teacher, you will be required to track and document your professional development for the Board of Educational Examiners.As a student in our teacher education program, it is required that you will track and document your professional development and volunteer hours within the TLCICON tracker: http://tiny.cc/tlctracker

You will receive an email in your UI inbox inviting you to join the site.Please email us at tlc@uiowa.edu if you don't receive this email or are not authorized to access this site after the second week of classes!

  • Read about the TLC Certificate Requirements and Tracks in ICON and make sure to visit the information page for your desired TLC Certificate track.
  • Register for a Certificate Track. (You are only required to select one track)
    • Save the Volunteer Contract Form you receive after registering for a track. You will need to fill it out with your volunteer supervisor, and upload a signed copy in ICON*.
  • Register for Workshops: visit the TLC Events Page.
    • Make sure to register for the workshops online, add them to your calendar and sign the attendance list on the day of the event! This page is constantly being updated.
  • Log Workshop Attendance and Volunteer Experiences in ICON: you will be required to fill out an electronic form (survey)for the activities/experiences you complete. This form will generate a certificate that must be uploaded in ICON*. Note that for the Volunteer Experiences you will also need to keep a weekly journal. Click on the following pages for detailed instructions:
  • Complete the Level 1 Google Educator Certification: all students are required to complete the Level 1 Google Educator Certification, and upload the certificate in ICON. The Level 1 Google Educator Exam is now being offered in Technology in the Classroom (EDTL:3002).

*Upload folders can be found by clicking on the link "Modules" in ICON.You can also access those folders directly at http://tiny.cc/uploadfolders

For questions about the certificate, contact: tlc@uiowa.edu.