ACUE Banner - Course in Effective Teaching Practices   ​

"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 400 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 some synchronous events, like the program orientation and pinning ceremonies, which CETL hosts through Zoom. These 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. 

Explore our current Micro-Credential cohorts schedules in the Cohort B & C Calendar 

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 practices and techniques, and discussing scenarios and what you learned. We estimate each module takes about an hour to view online content and then about another two hours of planning, incorporating, and reflecting on one 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 the Micro-Credentials both earn recognition for the Micro-Credentials and also have the chance to complete all 25 modules for the full Course in Effective Teaching. Please know that no modules or badges expire, so they can be combined and added to later.

When's the next cohort?

Tentatively, we launch cohorts towards the beginning of a Semester. Look for our emails asking for your participation and apply! Feel free to email with any other specific questions you might have. Look for the start of our Fall Cohorts in the This Week at CETL emails!