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Essentials for Developmental Excellence

NOTICE: Certificate is on hold from June 1 - August 31, 2017.

Essentials for Developmental Excellence is a highly customizable experience designed to support UT staff in meeting their professional development goals. This program is intended for employees seeking to:

  • Increase their skills and competencies
  • Grow in their current job
  • Prepare for the future

The following courses are a prerequisite for this certificate:

Introduction to Professional Development - UTLearn (PN 625) [EID required]

Introduction to Essentials for Developmental Excellence - UTLearn (PN 629) [EID required]

The Essentials for Developmental Excellence curriculum includes five content areas. Each content area encompasses a variety of competencies on which staff may focus. View a list of the competencies and their definitions [opens in a new browser window/tab; UT EID required].

  • Honing Your Business Sense – understanding the business of UT
  • Utilizing Technology – mastering the tools that support our work
  • Getting Things Done – organizing the work
  • Navigating the Organization – learning how to work within and change with the organization
  • Interacting with People – building relationships with peers, bosses, and customers

You will need to complete 15 experiences to earn this certificate: two in each subject area and five in areas of your choice. You have a variety of options to fulfill these requirements.

  • Learn on the job through a developmental experience. This is the best way to master new skills!
  • Complete coursework via
  • Attend a class, workshop, or webinar, on- or off-campus. 
  • Work with a mentor, or serve as a mentor to someone else.
  • Read a book.

After each experience, reflect on what you did, what you learned and how you applied it.

This certificate requires a minimum of one meeting with a career coach in HR, and the submission of a development worksheet and an activities checklist to coach.

These worksheets will be distributed during PN 629 or may be requested via email after that class has been completed. (