Certificate in Teaching Excellence Program (CTEP)

The Division of Teaching Excellence & Innovation is offering its Certificate in Teaching Excellence Program (CTEP); it is intended to provide extended pedagogical training and experience for UCI graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in a flexible and self-paced manner.


Former University Studies 390X students say….

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“I have already been telling a lot of my friends that they should take this course. I think I would recommend people to constantly think about what their goals are as a future instructor and questions themselves about what they want to get out of this class. I would say that because you are surrounded by others who are extremely interested in teaching and also the instructor, an expert. Looking back, I feel like I didn't take full advantage of the resources I had around me.”

June 27, 2017

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Program Learning Outcomes

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

Main Topics of Study

There are four ways to earn the Certificate:

  1. (Grad students and post-docs) You complete the University Studies 390X seminar (formerly called University Studies 390A Seminar B).  This course meets for three hours once a week for all ten weeks of a quarter. The course meets the requirements for the readings, lesson plan design, and part of the observing others and being observed requirements. The course requires students to have their teaching observed once and observe a peer once. To complete the Certificate, you need to be observed three times and observe others three times. University Studies 390X is offered every quarter. Completion of 390X satisfies the requirements for becoming a CIRTL Associate. (For more information about CIRTL, consult UCI’s Graduate Division.) Graduate students enroll online through WebReg, and post-docs email Dr. Danny Mann at dmann@uci.edu for auditing information.
    • Pros: Simplicity, accountability, completion on graduate student transcript
    • Cons: Regular class meetings and assignments may not work for your schedule
    • Note: If you take 390X in the Fall quarter, or will be completing the online self-paced version by the end of the Fall quarter, you are eligible to apply for the Pedagogical Fellowship that quarter.
  2. (Grad students & post-docs) You complete the Certificate in a self-paced manner online using Canvas. There are modules online to upload evidence of studying various topics for the Certificate. This evidence takes the form of write-ups such as reflections and analyses of readings OR DTEI workshop attendance (go here for upcoming workshops and find the sessions marked for partially meeting Certificate requirements; email dteidevelop@uci.edu to be directly notified of our quarterly workshop schedule). An exit interview will be necessary to complete the self-paced Certificate. To help with accountability, email dteidevelop@uci.edu for regular check-ins regarding your Certificate progress. We will do our best to accommodate grads and post-docs working abroad. Contact Dr. Danny Mann at dmann@uci.edu for any questions regarding completion of the requirements.
    • Pros: Complete at your own pace
    • Cons: More complex, may take longer than one quarter, less accountability
  3. (Grad students only) You take an approved department-specific pedagogy course. To verify that your pedagogy course can be used to meet the Certificate requirements, please contact Dr. Danny Mann at dmann@uci.edu.
    • Pros: Apply past experience towards Certificate, may appear on graduate student transcript
    • Cons: Course may not meet all the requirements
  4. (Grad students only) You are a 2017 or former Pedagogical Fellow. To learn more about the Pedagogical Fellowship Program, click here.

How to Enroll in the Self-Paced Method

The Self-Paced method must be completed within Canvas and completed independently. There is no regular instructor involvement. After the introduction, 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 (https://canvas.instructure.com/courses/954112). It is the location of this course, and can be accessed from any browser.

That’s it! You can begin by accessing the Modules page. The staff of the Division of Teaching Excellence & Innovation can answer questions upon request. We recommend that once you have completed three modules that you contact Dr. Danny Mann at dmann@uci.edu and ask for a progress check.

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. Collaborative Learning

4. Instructional Technology

5. Assessment

6. Course/Lesson Design

Observations and Being Observed can be done at any time; however, you might want to be observed once before you have participated in any of the Certificate requirement, once during the middle of your progress, and then once towards the completion of the Certificate. Contact dteidevelop@uci.edu for assistance with arranging peer observations.


Pedagogical Liaisons Program

Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars who successfully complete University Studies 390X (or University Studies 390A Seminar B) or obtain a Certificate in Teaching Excellence are invited to apply to be a Pedagogical Liaison. Graduate students who complete the program will be automatically fast-tracked to the interview stage of the Pedagogical Fellowship application, should they choose to apply. They must complete the PF application prior to the submission deadline, but they will be invited for an interview, which is the last stage of the decision process.

Selected candidates are responsible for providing 10 hours of pedagogical service to their department or school. To assist with the design and implementation of teaching service, candidates are paired with a Pedagogical Fellow, who will serve as their mentor. To satisfy the 10 hour minimum, candidates may: facilitate pedagogy workshop(s) for their department or school; may assist their Pedagogical Fellow mentor with the design and facilitation of the two-day TA Professional Development Program offered at the beginning of the Fall Quarter; serve on a teaching committee; design a course; and/or conduct peer observations & teaching consultations. Applications are accepted year-round: Pedagogical Liaisons Application