G.R.A.D. Aggies Professional Development Certificate

 Are you looking for a way to spotlight your participation in professional development events? Would you like a certificate to enhance your CV or resume? Now you can earn a G.R.A.D. Aggies Professional Development Certificate (PDC)! The PDC will be offered in three levels: basic, intermediate, and (starting in Fall 2017) advanced. All students desiring to earn a basic and/or intermediate level PDC for this academic year must compile enough Professional Development Units (PDUs) and complete the final reflection/feedback assignments in eCampus. A PDU is earned through participation in the G.R.A.D. Aggies event and completing the associated quiz/assignment for that workshop in eCampus. 
 
Students who meet all requirements for each level will be notified by email before April 30 about which certificate(s) they have earned and will be awarded that certificate at a G.R.A.D. Aggies Awards Ceremony held in May at the end of each academic year.

Certificate Levels and Requirements

Basic Certificate

  • Consists of participating in events accumulating 6 Professional Development Units (referred to as PDUs) – each G.R.A.D. Aggies event will be worth anywhere from 1 – 3 PDUs based on the length of the program and the level of engagement required by students.
  • After each event, log onto eCampus and complete the assignment for the event you attended. Assignments will be available in eCampus for only 1 month after the event has concluded, and must be completed within this time frame in order credit to be received.
  • Once you have attended 6 PDUs of G.R.A.D. Aggies events and completed the corresponding assignments in eCampus, submit the final comprehensive reflection prompt through eCampus.
  • Students must complete Basic Level requirements between June 1 and the following April 15 of each academic year.

Intermediate Certificate

  • After completing all requirements for a basic level certificate, students become eligible to complete an intermediate level certificate.
  • This certificate requires an additional 6 PDUs accumulated after the Basic Certificate is awarded. PDUs are awarded in the same manner as for the Basic Certificate. A student must attend the event and then complete the corresponding assignment in eCampus within one month of attending the event to receive the PDU credit.
  • Once you have attended 6 PDUs of G.R.A.D. Aggies events and completed the corresponding assignments in eCampus, submit the final comprehensive reflection prompt.
  • Students must complete Intermediate Level requirements between June 1 and the following April 15 of each academic year.
     

NEW! Advanced Certificate

  • After completing all requirements for a Basic and Intermediate level certificates, students become eligible to complete an Advanced level certificate. Completing the Advanced Certificate allows students to demonstrate what they have accomplished through the G.R.A.D. Aggies program in terms of the skills needed to be successful after graduation. The following three (3) requirements must be met to earn the advanced certificate: 
    1. Complete an additional 2 PDUs within 1 year of completing the Intermediate Certificate. 
    2. Participate in an activity that emphasizes one of the four areas of G.R.A.D. Aggies (Academic Development, Leadership & Communication, Instruction & Assessment, and Career Development). Below are examples of activities that will fulfill this requirement. (Please note that these activities DO NOT earn the 2 extra PDUs.)
      • Participate in the 3 Minute Thesis Competition
      • Obtain an OGAPS Graduate Student Research and Presentation Grant (RAP grant)
      • Participate/be awarded an Aggies Commit Fellowship
      • Participate in a CIRTL related activity (i.e. Academy of future faculty…)
      • Participate as a judge at Student Research Week
      • Lead/organize a student organization on Campus
    3. Complete the reflection on eCampus within 1 month of completing the first activity. This reflection will ask you to address what you learned from the entire program, your plans for continuing their professional development, and how this latest activity improved your development and any suggestions that you have that will improve our GRAD Aggies offerings.

How to Start 

Step 1: Howdy Ags!
As part of the tracking and efficiency improvements we are making to the program, please complete the following form to APPLY to the G.R.A.D. Aggies Certificate. We understand that you are currently enrolled in eCampus and your attendance is being tracked; however, not all students are working towards a certificate. Within the form to apply, please specify which certificate that you are working towards (you can continue to work for the next level) and whether you will be attending the Certificate Banquet on May 4. The deadline for hours for a specific certificate is April 21, 2017. All hours will transfer to the next Certificate year beginning in June 2017, so that you can continue to work towards the next level of certificate.

Step 2: Visit the G.R.A.D. Aggies calendar here to view a list of eligible events. In the description of each event you will find its associated PDU (professional development unit) value.  Students can tailor their participation to areas of their greatest interest, stacking events in one skill area or spreading out chosen events across multiple skill areas. The choice is yours! 

Step 3: Attend the G.R.A.D. Aggies event. At the event, make sure to check-in to receive credit for your attendance. 

Step 4: Log onto eCampus and click on the G.R.A.D. Aggies Professional Development Certificate Community under “My Organizations”. On the left hand side of the screen you will see a list of offices that host G.R.A.D. Aggies events. Click the office that hosted the event you attended and complete the corresponding assignment. You have one month after attending the event to complete the assignment. Please note: You will only receive credit for completing assignments for events which you have attended. If you complete an assignment in eCampus for an event that does not have a record of your attendance at the event, you will NOT receive the PDU credit.

Step 5: Once you have attended 6 PDUs of events and completed the corresponding assignments in eCampus you can complete and submit the final reflection in eCampus.

Note: If you completed all requirements of the Basic Level Certificate during Fall 2016, you will be contacted in early Spring 2017 regarding details of certificate award. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if an event is eligible for the PDC program?

All the G.R.A.D. Aggie events are listed on the calendar found here.

Each event says “This is a G.R.A.D. Aggies event…” in the description. If the event is not on the G.R.A.D. Aggies calendar and does not include this information in the description then it is not eligible for the Professional Development Certificate.

How do I enroll in the PDC program? 

Students are not required to enroll in the G.R.A.D. Aggies Certificate. All you need to do is follow the steps to complete the certificate requirements including attending 6 PDU credits of face-to-face events, completing the corresponding assignment for each event within one month of attendance, and submitting the final program reflection. You engagement will be tracked through eCampus. More details on the certificate requirements can be found in eCampus or on the G.R.A.D. Aggies website.

Want to know your total PDUs?

Click here to request your total credits and certificate eligibility information. 
New for Fall 2015, G.R.A.D. Aggies will offer a certificate in professional development. This certificate will allow you to highlight your participation in G.R.A.D. Aggies events on your resume or CV. Click here to learn more!

According to the timeline, it takes a year to complete the Basic Certificate and another year to complete the Intermediate Certificate? How then can I hope to attain the Advanced Level Certificate, if my Master’s program lasts a duration of just 2 years?

Students have a maximum of one year to complete each level. It is possible to complete all requirements for a basic or intermediate level certificate in one semester if desired.

Is there a timeframe for completing each level (basic, intermediate, and advance) PDC?

Students have almost 11 months (June 2017- April 2018) to complete any one level of PDC. It is possible to complete all requirements for a basic or intermediate level in one semester, if desired. You have the freedom to decide what level of PDC you wish to earn.  

What happens to my accumulated credits if I do not complete all requirements for a Basic and/ or Intermediate Certificate by April 21?

Those partial credits will be carried forward toward a PDC into the next certificate year (starting June 1, 2017). Advanced certificates must be completed within 1 year of earning Intermediate.   

What is the cost associated with the certificate?

There are no charges or costs associated with the certificate. It is free to all graduate students.

There are some events on the G.R.A.D. Aggies calendar that are Academy for Future Faculty (AFF) events. Would I be able to take an AFF event and have it count towards my AFF certificate as well as my Professional Development Certificate?

Yes, students can attend an Academy for Future Faculty (AFF) event and have it count towards both certificates*. However, please note that there are two separate assignments that will need to be completed for the one event- an assignment for the G.R.A.D. Aggies certificate and an assignment for AFF. *Students are limited to only using 3 AFF events towards their G.R.A.D. Aggies Professional Development Certificate if they are also awarded the AFF Certificate.

 

If you have general questions regarding the G.R.A.D. Aggies Professional Development Certificate, contact grad-aggies@tamu.edu.

If you have a question about an assignment or need assistance registering for a particular G.R.A.D. Aggies event please contact the office facilitating the assignment/event: