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Effective Teaching Practices Program | ACUE Microcredentials

Effective Teaching PracticesThe ETP program is a set of professional development experiences providing a deep dive into effective teaching principles and practices. It utilizes the curriculum of the Association of Colleges and University Educators (ACUE) accompanied by support of Cal Poly peer mentors. In this program, faculty have opportunities to either complete 25 modules to earn the ACUE's Certificate in Effective College Teaching or complete six modules earn an ACUE microcredential on a particular theme. This is the fourth year that the CTLT has offered the ACUE-grounded program at Cal Poly. This program is a component of Cal Poly's Graduation Initiative Equity Priority 5 Project.

Program Overview

In addition to offering a year-long Certificate in Effective College Teaching, the ACUE offers subsets of the teaching certificate curriculum that they call microcredentials. As funding allows, CTLT is able to offer ACUE Microcredentials to faculty. This is all part of Cal Poly’s ongoing commitment to supporting faculty’s work to make their teaching more equitable and more inclusive.

Winter 2023 ACUE Microcredential

The ACUE Microcredential offered in Winter 2024 is “Designing Learner-Centered and Equitable Courses.” It consists of six modules:

  • Ensuring Learner-Centered Course Outcomes
  • Designing Aligned Assessments and Assignments
  • Aligning Learning Experiences with Course Outcomes
  • Creating Equity with Checklists and Rubrics 
  • Developing Equitable Grading Practices
  • Preparing an Inclusive Syllabus 

This microcredential will have broad appeal to faculty for two significant campus goals: teaching that’s more equitable and inclusive (as demonstrated by reductions of equity gaps over time) AND sharpening course design skills that will be quite valuable for the quarter-semester conversion work.


  • Completing the microcredential will require 2-3 hours/week for about six weeks.
  • The work is all online and all asynchronous, so faculty can explore the materials and complete assignments as their schedule allows. It is not, however, self-paced so that participants can benefit from interactions with colleagues as they work through the same modules together.
  • Start date is mid-January, 2024.


A $300 stipend is available as an incentive and recognition of participants' successful completion of the six modules of the microcredential.


While this experience can benefit any faculty member, the best candidates for this microcredential are faculty who teach sections of higher-enrollment courses that historically show notable equity gaps (lower grades and lower passing rates for URM, 1st Gen and Pell Grant students).


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