CTL Certificate in Evidence-Based
Teaching for Graduate Students

Are you a new or returning graduate student getting ready to teach or who wants to learn more about teaching? Do you hope to teach, either at SDSU or elsewhere, in the future? Then consider earning a CTL Certificate in Evidence-Based Teaching for Graduate Students!

The SDSU Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to offer a Certificate in Evidence-Based College Teaching for Graduate Students who are considering a career in higher education. To earn this certificate, students must:

  • Complete at least 8 of 10 core workshops, satisfying each of the 8 learning outcomes, within one year of registering;
  • Complete a reflection for each workshop attended;
  • Submit examples of 1) a learner-centered syllabus, 2) a formative assessment, and 3) a transparent assignment or annotated exam.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete all the workshops in the series should have the knowledge and skills to be able to:

  1. Articulate clear learning goals
    A. Write specific, assessable SLOs
    B. Describe and develop transparent course materials
  2. Align learner-centered assessments with learning goals
    A. Describe and develop methods for formative assessment of student learning
    B. Describe and develop methods for measuring student progress toward achieving learning objectives
  3. Create rich learning experiences based in the literature in cognitive science and effective pedagogy
    A. Describe and develop methods that promote knowledge retention, transfer, and mastery
    B. Describe and develop evidence-based teaching methods and learning activities
  4. Create an inclusive classroom environment
    A. Describe and develop strategies for motivating and supporting students from diverse backgrounds / creating an inclusive classroom
    B. Develop a learner-centered syllabus

Workshop Topics [repeated each semester]:

  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Teaching 
  • Creating Transparent Course Materials 
  • Formative Assessment to Keep Teaching and Learning On Track 
  • Introduction to Assessment Design: Writing Aligned and Effective Assessment Questions 
  • Designing Engaging Lectures 
  • Introduction to Active Learning: Student Engagement Techniques 
  • Introduction to Cognitive Science: How Students Learn 
  • Introduction to Inclusive Pedagogy: Identity and Why It Matters for Teaching and Learning 
  • Implicit Bias and Microaggressions
  • Creating a Learner-Centered Syllabus

Interested graduate students should sign up at http://tiny.cc/CTLgradtraining. There will also be separate registration for individual workshops. See the current schedule for dates and registration links.