Welcome to the Teaching in Globally Diverse Classes (TiGDC) Certificate program!


From this page, you can view the Certificate requirements, enroll in the Certificate program, and register for the workshops and webinars you would like to take toward completing the requirements.

To enroll in the TiGDC Certificate, begin by enrolling in ICC X204: Teaching in Globally Diverse Classes Certificate Canvas Course. This will enroll you in the Certificate and give you access to the Certificate Canvas course, where you will find more information to help you progress through the Certificate program.  


There is no particular order in which you must enroll and attend the workshops and webinars. You may select and register all at once for the options you choose, or you can register as you go. There is no required timeline for completing the Certificate, but be aware that we may adjust the options and requirements from one academic year to the next. You will be responsible for completing any new requirements in the academic year in which you complete the certificate. For this reason, among others, we encourage you to start and finish in the same academic year.

We anticipate it will take between 25-35 hours to complete all the Certificate requirements. Your time will be divided between synchronous components (attending core workshops and teaching activities webinars, and small group discussions) and asynchronous components accessible on the Canvas course (readings and a final written reflection assignment).

Note: The Certificate is only available to current University of Minnesota faculty, instructors, staff, and teaching assistants.



  • Enroll in ICC X204 TiGDC Certificate Asynchronous Canvas course: This will automatically enroll you in the Certificate and will give you access to the Certificate Canvas site.
  • CORE WORKSHOPS (Complete all 4, ranging from 1-3 hours in length)

ICC X200: Facilitating Intercultural Learning in Globally Diverse Classes

ICC X201: Leveraging Interactions for Intercultural Learning

ICC X202: Course Design for Preparing Global-Ready Students

ICC X318: Neuroscience-based Strategies for Creating Inclusive Classrooms

  • ELECTIVE WEBINARS (Complete a minimum of 8, ranging from 30-60 minutes): Elective webinars are listed to the right. You can also find them on our website (Link below), under the heading: Teaching Activities, Strategies, and Approaches. We run over 2 dozen elective offerings, however, they may not all run each semester. To help support your selection process, we have grouped them into 6 broad themes which you can also access from the link below (see the yellow “Need Help Deciding” call-out box).

To learn more about the webinars (Core and Elective), register and get help making your selections, click here, or copy and paste this URL: https://global.umn.edu/workshops. *Most of the webinars are offered up to five times/year so that you can enroll in them when it fits your schedule.

  • READINGSThere are 6 required readings for the TiGDC Certificate, available on the Canvas course site. We also provide access to a list of additional, optional, and related readings.
  • GROUP DISCUSSIONS (Complete all 3 sections: A, B and C, each 1 hour in length) : The Small Group Discussions are designed to offer participants of the TiGDC Certificate Program opportunities to meet and talk with facilitators and fellow participants. Aside from establishing broad focus areas, these small group discussions are largely unstructured. You can bring questions, ideas, insights related to the focus area from your own experiences and/or from your participation in the various components of the certificate (readings, webinars, reflections, etc).

Discussion A: Focusing on Community Building

Discussion B: Focusing on Required Certificate Readings

Discussion C: Focusing on Webinars and workshops

  • FINAL WRITTEN REFLECTION: A full description of this assignment is available on the Canvas course site. Our goal in creating this assignment was to make it both meaningful and useful. This final reflection provides an opportunity for you to process and articulate key learnings, new insights, and next steps. We’ve built in flexibility with the prompts so that you can frame your responses in a way that serves your professional and/or personal interests best.

If you have any questions, please contact Ann Smith (annsmith@umn.edu).



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“I am so glad I came across this program! This has been super informative and something different than what I have been getting from other pedagogy orgs on campus like CEI [Center for Educational Innovation]. I like what we're talking about and the community you're creating is very supportive, I am so glad this exists.” 2020- 21 participants.


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