Peer Educators

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The Peer Educator Program provides a certificate through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) to the current Peer Educators that serve as Mentors to our Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program.  They will work closely with the first-year students, and particularly students from diverse backgrounds at Tompkins Cortland. They are knowledgeable, caring and able to function in a variety of roles including peer mentor, tutor, event assistant, team member, and role model. 

The Peer Educator Program was formed in Fall 2021 and was designed to offer specialized training and experience guiding the Peer Educators to become valuable leaders among their peers and earn leadership recognition. This program offers Levels 1, 2, and 3 certification in peer educator training (International Peer Educator Training Program Certification, or IPTPC). 

Level 1    

(15 hours of Peer Educator training)    
(50 hours of peer educating experience)  

Topics to be Covered in Training 

  • The Role of the Peer Educator
  • Peer Educator Do's and Don'ts 
  • Professional Ethics for Peer Educators
  • Establishing Rapport & Motivating Students
  • Questioning and Listening Skills 
  • Preparing to Study: Organization, Class Analysis, and Time Management 
  • Campus & Community Resources & Referrals 
  • Health & Safety - Part 1
  • Programming Part 1
  • Programming Part 2/Train the Trainor - Ice Breakers
  • Team Building
  • Conferencing Skills

Level 2   

(Level 1 Certification plus 10 additional hours of training to total 25 hours) 
(Level I Certification (50 Minimum) plus experience to total 75 accumulated hours)  

Topics to be Covered in Training 

  • Conflict Resolution 
  • Mentoring Boundaries 
  • Ways of Mentoring 
  • Cultural Awareness 
  • Academic Majors and Advising
  • Career Exploration

Level 3  

(Level II Certification plus 10 additional hours to total 35 hours) 
(Total of 100 Hours including Level I and II requirements (75 hours minimum plus experience to total 100 accumulated hours) 

Topics to be Covered in Training 

  • Stress Management
  • Health & Safety Part 2
  • Learning Styles/Critical Thinking Skills
  • Leadership Styles
  • Problem Solving Strategies
  • Goal Setting
  • Advocacy for Students: When, What, How Much?
  • Customer Service
  • Establishing Liaisons with Faculty
  • Constructive Criticism


*Paid Position 
*International Peer Educator Certification 
*Build Networking Connections/Leadership Skills 


*Must have a 2.3 GPA or higher 
*Must be enrolled in at least 2nd semester at Tompkins Cortland 
*Must attend all required training and events 

For more information: Visit ODESS in room 230 or email DIVERSITY@TOMPKINSCORTLAND.EDU