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Teaching for Equity
Certificate Program

About the Program

Are you passionate about promoting equity in higher education? The TLC’s Teaching for Equity Graduate Certificate Program is a unique professionalization curriculum designed to enhance your understanding and implementation of effective practices in equity-focused pedagogy. Through engaging conversations and structured learning activities, we’ll explore key issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in college classrooms. You will be guided in developing teaching strategies shown to foster the equitable learning outcomes that inspired so many of us to pursue higher education as a calling.

This intimate learning community of graduate students from across campus will meet biweekly (5 sessions total) during the designated quarter. Included among the topics we’ll cover:

  • identifying common institutional barriers to learning
  • teaching to cultural strengths
  • implementing Universal Design for Learning
  • embracing identity and difference in the classroom
  • promoting active and collaborative learning
  • using emotional connection to motivate learning
  • scaffolding assignments to benefit student success

Depending on your personal teaching goals, you will be supported through the process of developing components of an equity-focused course syllabus, along with associated lesson plans and learning activities.

This program is a commitment, but we promise you’ll come away from the experience with an invaluable toolkit of equitable teaching strategies that will shape your course design and teaching practices for years to come.

Upon completion of the workshops, graduate students receive a professional development certificate indicating their successful participation.

How to Participate

Teaching for Equity is undergoing curricular revisions and is planned to resume in the 2024-2025 academic year.

Graduate students in any discipline and with any level of teaching experience are welcome to enroll. The program is limited to 30 participants.

Participants commit to attending all 5 interactive workshops and to completing teaching-related projects with the structured support of the learning community.

For additional information about the program, please contact tlc@ucsc.edu.