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Certificate in Museum Teaching & Learning

The Penn Museum Certificate in Museum Teaching and Learning provides a formalized opportunity for University of Pennsylvania graduate students in museum-related disciplines to develop their skills in teaching with collections and material culture.

Certificate Requirements

  1. Participation in the Graduate Guide program: develop and lead at least one gallery tour.
  2. Develop and execute an hour-long OBL classroom activity (including but not limited to leading a recitation in the Collections Study Room, Virtual or International Classroom, extra-curricular workshop, or Preceptorial).
  3. Attend 5 approved M.T.L. Workshops (a combination of Center for Teaching & Learning and Museum-based workshops).
  4. Create a Museum- and Object-Based teaching statement, integrating with a larger teaching philosophy.

Optional Activities

  • Shadow or participate in a K-12 education tour, workshop, or teacher professional development offering through the Learning Programs department.
  • Volunteer for Cartifacts, at a World Culture Day, or another Public Programs offering.
  • Write a post for the Penn Museum blog on teaching in the Museum.

Eligibility: Any current University of Pennsylvania graduate student.

Fall 2019 Workshops

10/24 Introduction to Object-Based Learning
Anne Tiballi, Director of Academic Engagement
Classroom L1, 12-1pm
11/13 Archives and Objects
Alessandro Pezzati, Head Archivist & Heather Sharkey, NELC
Museum Archives, 12-1pm

Past Workshops

  • Teaching with Native American Collections - Lucy Fowler Williams, Associate Curator, American Section
  • Making the Past Accessible: Objects and Special Needs Audiences - Megan Becker, Learning Programs Educator
  • Teaching with Objects for the Non-Major - Katherine Moore, CAAM Teaching Specialist in Archaeozoology


Academic Engagement Department