The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation is offering its Certificate in Teaching Excellence Program (CTEP). CTEP provides pedagogical training for UCI graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in a flexible and self-paced manner.

Program Learning Outcomes

By the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • design lessons using evidence-based pedagogical principles.
  • analyze and assess teaching practices.
  • effectively facilitate learning.

Main Topics of Study

  • How People Learn
  • Active Learning
  • Inclusive Teaching
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Instructional Technology
  • Assessment
  • Course/Lesson Design
  • Peer Observation of Teaching

There are Three Ways to Earn the Certificate:

1. Complete the University Studies 390X seminar.  For information regarding 390X, please click here. While the 390X course requires 1 set of observations (being observed and observing someone else), you’ll need to complete 2 additional sets of observations to earn the Certificate.

Pros: Simplicity, accountability, noted on transcript.
Cons: Regular class meetings and assignments may be time-restricting.

Note: If you complete 390X or the online self-paced version (see #2 below) by the end of Fall quarter, you are eligible to apply for the Pedagogical Fellowship.

2. Complete the Certificate in a self-paced manner using Canvas (see next section). Online modules allow you to upload evidence of studying various topics. This evidence consists of write-ups of readings or DTEI workshops. Please click here for upcoming workshops that may partially meet Certificate requirements. An exit interview will be conducted after the other requirements are met. We will do our best to accommodate people working abroad. Contact Dr. Matthew Mahavongtrakul at for any questions.

Pros: Complete at your own pace.
Cons: More complex, may take longer than one quarter, less accountability.

3. Take an approved department-specific pedagogy course. To verify that the course meets the Certificate requirements, please contact Dr. Matthew Mahavongtrakul at For a list of equivalencies, read on!

Pros: Apply past experience towards Certificate, may appear on graduate student transcript.
Cons: Course may not meet all the requirements.

How to Enroll in the Self-Paced Method

The self-paced method must be completed independently using Canvas. There is no regular instructor involvement and the modules can be completed in any order.

To enroll in the course, complete these two steps:

  1. Click this link to register with Free Canvas and enroll in the course.
  2. Save this URL in your bookmarks for easy access to the course:

That’s it! You can begin by accessing the Modules page. Once you finish the modules, including all of the observations, contact Dr. Matthew Mahavongtrakul at to schedule an exit interview.

In What Order Should I Complete the Modules?

You can complete the Modules in any order, but here’s a suggestion:

  1. How People Learn
  2. Active Learning
  3. Inclusive Teaching
  4. Collaborative Learning
  5. Instructional Technology
  6. Assessment
  7. Course/Lesson Design

Observations can be done at any time. However, you might want to be observed once before participating in any of the Certificate requirements, once during the middle of your progress, and then once towards the completion of the Certificate. Click here to set up observations.

Course Equivalencies

Below is a table of department-specific pedagogy courses and what CTE modules each fulfills. Please note that we still require a syllabus submission on Canvas, even if the indicated course satisfies the Course Design requirement.

 Active LearningAssessmentCollaborative LearningDiversityHow People LearnInstructional TechnologyCourse DesignObservation of Someone ElseSelf-Reflection
ICS 398A & B
EDUC 218 (University Teaching: Concepts and Practices)
HUM 398A & B
Improv for Teachingx
Activate to Captivate (Public Speaking)x
MAE 295 (Developing Teaching Excellence)xxxxxxx11
ANTHRO 289xxxxxxx30
Teaching Together Learning Communityxxxxx