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"The project helps you evaluate each component of your teaching and assess how you can teach with more intention and more effectively. I feel that I have a better understanding of my students' needs. I have been shocked with how much more my students connect with and enjoy the classroom experience. At the end of the program, I had an arsenal of techniques I had tried and proven in my classroom…I will continue to use this and other methods I learned in the program."

Dr. Portia Jackson-Preston, Public Health

Program Overview

The ACUE program in effective teaching practice is a fully online professional learning experience that CETL is offering as part of the Grad 2025 LA Course Redesign Initiative. Over 300 Cal State LA faculty have participated in the ACUE course to date. Any instructor (including TAs) teaching on our campus are eligible to enroll in the course. We are especially interested in faculty who teach an identified bottleneck course identified by colleges as part of the Grad 2025 Initiative. Participants who complete all 25 modules earn the ACUE Certificate in Effective Teaching Practices, endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE). This professional development for instructors is nationally recognized at all levels of Higher Education.

Who should take ACUE?

Any instructor who wants to refine and sharpen their teaching practice using evidence-based teaching best practices.  Applicants must be teaching during the program to participate.

When does ACUE happen?

The program is facilitated entirely online, using ACUE's specific Canvas! There are in person events, like the program orientation and pinning ceremonies, which CETL hosts. These in person events are to help you connect to the large ACUE communities on campus. Following ACUE's new Micro-Credential pattern, a cohort will run from 8 to 12 weeks long. This is to help give faculty the greatest flexibility to plan, practice, and implement the techniques, eventually leading to the 25 modules necessary for the certificate. Usually, you can expect to participate in 8 to 9 modules per Micro Credential. 

Check out the pace of one of our current cohorts in their Micro-Credential: Cohort Micro A Coursre Sequence

What do I have to do?

You MUST be teaching during the program to participate so you are able to practice these techniques in your classroom. You should expect to actively participate in the modules by, watching video content, reading about best practice and techniques, and discussing scenarios and what you learned. We estimate each module takes about an hour to view online content then about another two hours of planning, incorporating, and reflecting on an effective teaching practice in your class, totaling about 3 hours per week.

What do I earn?

A nationally recognized, full course certificate for your file and robust professional development (a cost of $1200), free to you. Faculty who complete fewer than 25 modules earn a transcript of completed badges that do not expire and can be added to later.

When's the next cohort?

Tentatively, we launch cohorts in the Spring Semester and Summer term. Look for our emails asking for your participation and apply! Feel free to email with any other specific questions you might have. We will be posting a new tenntative schedule in August 2020.