A flowchart of the professional development opportunities at the DTEI emphasizing the Certificate in Teaching Excellence

The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) 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.
  • facilitate learning effectively.

Main Topics of Study

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

Ways to Earn the Certificate

1. Complete the University Studies 390X seminarWhile 390X requires 1 set of observations (being observed and observing someone else), participants need to complete 2 additional sets of observations to earn the Certificate.

Pros: This is the most structured format and appears on the transcript. In addition, participants form an interdisciplinary community. Participants also earn the Certificate in Course Design and the CIRTL Associate Level.
Cons: Regular class meetings and assignments may be time-restricting.

Note: If you complete 390X by the end of Fall quarter or the online self-paced version by December 1st, you are eligible to apply for the Pedagogical Fellowship.

2. Complete the Certificate in a self-paced manner using Canvas. Online modules allow you to upload evidence of studying various topics. This evidence consists of write-ups of readings or workshops. Here are the upcoming workshops that may partially meet Certificate requirements. After the requirements are complete, participants schedule an exit interview to earn the Certificate.

Pros: Complete at your own pace while affiliated with UC Irvine.
Cons: This way can be complex and may take longer than one quarter to complete. In addition, there is less accountability and community building.

3. Complete an approved department-specific pedagogy course. This way is used in conjunction with the self-paced manner using Canvas. To verify that the course meets the Certificate requirements, scroll down to the "Course Equivalencies" section. After participating in one of the approved courses, participants complete the other requirements on Canvas. When finished, participants simply e-mail Ashley Hooper (amhooper@uci.edu) with proof of completion of the course.

Pros: Apply past experiences towards Certificate, which may appear on their 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, all you need to do is click this link and register. That's it! You can begin by accessing the Modules page. Once you finish the modules, including all of the observations, contact Ashley Hooper at amhooper@uci.edu 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 LearningInclusive Teaching How People LearnInstructional TechnologyCourse DesignObservation of Someone ElseSelf-Reflection
ICS 398A & B
EDUC 226 (University Teaching: Concepts and Practices)
HUM 398A & B
Improv for Teachingx
Activate to Captivate (Public Speaking)x
ENGR 290 (Developing Teaching Excellence)xxxxxxx11
ANTHRO 289 (Teaching Anthropology)xxxxxxx30
Teaching Together Learning Communityxxxxx
DTEI Grad Fellows
*Note: other module topics may be waived based on experience.
Humanities Pedagogical Certificate Programxxxxx
Mellon 5+2xxx