Certificate in Teaching Excellence Program (CTEP)

Learn pedagogy and gain confidence in designing your own course!

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

Methods to Earn the Certificate in Teaching Excellence

While 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: The University 390X course is a seminar that meets weekly throughout the quarter and appears on your transcript. This option provides the most structure as well as a greater opportunity for peer learning and collaboration. 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.

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.

Enroll in the Canvas course at the following link: https://canvas.instructure.com/enroll/P97H4G

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.

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 Daniel Mann (dmann@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.

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