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Essentials for Developmental Excellence

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 course is a prerequisite for this certificate:

Introduction to Professional Development and CareerSmart (PN625) [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
  • Finding Your Niche & Making the Most of It – claiming your part of the 40 Acres
  • 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.

  • Attend a class, workshop, or webinar. These can be on- or off-campus. 
  • Read a book or journal, or follow a blog or twitter feed over time.
  • Work with a mentor, or serve as a mentor to someone else.
  • Learn on the job through a developmental experience. This is the best way to master new skills!

After each experience, reflect on what you did, what you learned and how you applied it through a short online Activity Survey [external site; opens in new broswer window/tab]. This certificate requires the submission of a final development worksheet to the CareerSmart coordinator. This worksheet may be requested at any time via email (

Administrative Excellence Specialization

Individuals wishing to earn the Administrative Excellence specialization for this certificate will need to include three required activities as part of their 15 experiences:

  • PN 624 – Forty Tips from iForty (Finding Your Niche & Making the Most of It)
  • CW 402 – Compliance and Ethics for Administrative Professionals (Interacting with People)
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office Suite – demonstrated via testing at the Human Resources Service Center (individuals must complete the Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Database test modules) or by obtaining Microsoft Office Specialist certification (Utilizing Technology)