Recertification Information

The General Education Curriculum (02.10.02) policy document established the General Education Program act in accordance with the University’s Periodic Program Review Process and also charged the General Education Executive Committee with reviewing all courses after the fourth year they are taught.

Course recertification provides an opportunity to document the effectiveness of courses and the ongoing innovations adopted by Temple University faculty. We understand courses grow and develop, and we expect that; however, we also are obligated to determine that courses remain committed to program-wide learning goals.

Fundamentally, we will review courses to determine if they have maintained coherency and consistency over time, especially where multiple instructors and departments are involved, and continue to meet area-specific and program-wide learning goals. An additional goal of recertification is to generate information that may be shared with new instructors teaching a course, for example, clear course-specific learning goals and sample assignments that assess course and GenEd learning goals.

In September of 2017, the GenEd Executive Committee, Area Coordinators and staff collaborated to reorganize the recertification process.   Having reviewed the recertification portfolios for the academic year 2017-2018, the GenEd Executive Committee requests that the following procedures be followed for the 2018-2019 GenEd recertifications.


GenEd Recertification Process, General Instructions

Revised November 9, 2018

Click here for complete guidelines. (Click here for pdf version.)

Recertification portfolios are due before the start of the Summer I semester (2019)

Each portfolio must include:

  • Recertification cover sheet developed in the fall semester
  • Course syllabi and assignment prompts for major assessments from every instructor teaching the course in the summer(2018) or fall(2018)
  • Course syllabi and assignment prompts for major assessments plus the recertification cover sheet with the assessment column filled in by each instructor teaching the course in the spring (2019) (This element is replacing the learning goals map used in 17-18)
  • Samples of student work
  • Self-reviews for all online sections of the course offered in summer(2018), fall(2018), or spring(2019)
  • Narrative

Calendar Cycle for Course Recert.

Questions? Please contact Dana Dawson,


GenEd Recertification Canvas Template

As of February 2019, a Canvas template is available to recertification coordinators. The template is searchable in, and downloadable from Canvas Commons. From Canvas at, click Canvas Commons on the far left-hand menu and search for GenEd Recertification Course Template.

Use of the template is optional. The intention is for recertification coordinators to download the template into a shell and add instructors from whom items are to be collected. The template includes assignments for the various components of the recertification package.

Detailed instructions for downloading the template are viewable below.



In order to complete the following steps, you must first have accessed Canvas Commons. To do so, launch Canvas and click Commons on the far left-hand menu. Follow the prompts.

Begin by creating a shell into which you will import the template. To request a shell, launch Canvas and select Course Tools from the far left-hand menu.

Select the Shell Request tab and select Canvas and Template. Give your template a name and click Create.

When your shell is created, you will see it among your courses on Canvas. If you do not see it when you launch Canvas, click Courses on the far left-hand menu and click on your shell.

Once you are in your shell, select Import from Commons.

On the next screen, click in the search box and enter the phrase “GenEd Recertification”. Select the “GenEd Recertification Course Template” and the course you wish to import it into on the right side of the screen. Click Import Course.

Image showing search box and template in Commons

It may take a short while for the template to appear in your course, so hold off on repeating these steps if you don’t immediately see your shell populated with the template.