Certificate in Effective University Instruction

Unit heads (Deans/Chairs/Program Directors) are asked to nominate up to 3 instructors for this program.

U of T faculty can obtain the Certificate in Effective University Instruction by completing the Course in Effective Teaching Practices (ETP), a nine-month course (September 2022 – May 2023) that combines 25 asynchronous self-paced online modules, in-person and synchronous online learning opportunities, and a community of practice. The ACUE course is a partnership between the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) at U of T, and the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE), and endorsed by the American Council on Education.

Frequently Asked Questions

September 2022 – May 2023

Participating in the ACUE course requires a significant time commitment:

  • Attend the (in-person) Program Launch on September 23rd
  • Complete 25 modules, on average one module per week
  • Spend up to three hours per week on each module
  • Implement teaching practices into their own courses throughout the academic year
  • Attend four course workshops, led by CTSI facilitators.

The course is comprehensive in scope and organized around four blocks of study, addressing essential teaching skills and knowledge that are fundamental to university educator success:

  • Promoting Active Learning
  • Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners
  • Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Learning Environment
  • Designing Learner-Centered and Equitable Courses

You can learn more about the course and the content of each module on the ACUE website.

The ACUE curriculum is appropriate for faculty who teach in any discipline.

Cost per faculty member is $800. Included within the cost for the ACUE course is:

  • 25 online modules completed in four blocks
  • “Certificate in Effective University Instruction” awarded upon completion of all 25 modules; the Certificate is offered through ACUE and endorsed by the American Council on Education
  • Built-in assessments graded by an ACUE Reader (personal written reflections that examine how the course information can be applied in faculty members’ own teaching practice)
  • Participation in a community of professional practice
  • Access to the ACUE course materials for up to three years following course completion.

Participation is open to all continuing appointment faculty in both the Tenure Stream and the Teaching Stream who will be teaching in the Fall 2022 term and/or the Winter 2023 term. However, priority will be given to pre-tenure and pre-promotion faculty.

Steps to confirm participation:

  1. Unit heads (Deans/Chairs/Program Directors) are asked to nominate up to 3 instructors for this program. Unit heads can reserve course spaces and provide tentative faculty member names by completing the online form (by August 2, 2022).
  2. CTSI will be in touch to provide additional information once the membership of the cohort is complete and will confirm faculty members and payment details ($800/spot) with the unit by August 29, 2022.

Please complete the 2022-23 ACUE Application Form to nominate up to 3 instructors in your department/Division.

For further exploration of local incentives please contact Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education, Prof. Susan McCahan at susan.mccahan@utoronto.ca.

Please contact Kelly Gordon (kelly.gordon@utoronto.ca) with any questions regarding the program.

During this past academic year, I employed much resources in my own teaching and found them very helpful both for me and for my students. In my graduate seminar, Teaching and Learning in Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, for example, some videos we watched in this course inspired exciting and substantial discussions

(Xing Fan, Associate Professor; Associate Director, Graduate Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies; ACUE Participant in 2020-21)
text: realized I was 'guessing' a lot on what seemed like small decisions. I am now equipped to make more informed decisions. The intention brought more enjoyment to planning as well
text: an extraordinarily important course. Learned such a great deal. Happy with the practices I've had an opportunity to implement. Teaching has changed for the better.
text: The ACUE course went above my expections. Overwhelmed by amount of well-researched resources. A must for educators to get to the next level
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