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Through this certification, participants are exposed to the theory and practices of effective teaching and learning. The certification challenges participants to examine teaching and learning for ways to engage learners using innovative techniques and technologies that enhance the learning experience. Participants have opportunities to redesign aspects of courses and present their work to others.


  • All UW teaching personnel may apply, including faculty, APLs, adjunct and graduate teaching assistants.
  • A total of 100 points is required for certification, distributed throughout all areas of focus.
  • Participants will have up to three years to complete the requirements for this certification.
  • Participants must track their points in an electronic learning portfolio, and check in yearly with an ECTL instructional designer to discuss their plan and progress. Mentors will be assigned when your application is complete.


As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe various conceptualizations of teaching and learning.
  • Define a personal philosophy of teaching and learning.
  • Integrate a variety of teaching theories, methodologies and instructional technologies that will enhance student learning.
  • Incorporate assessment strategies to enhance student learning.
  • Analyze concepts of the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate effective teaching in one’s disciplinary/teaching area.


This is a non-credit bearing program. Successful participants will receive a Certification in Teaching and Learning endorsed by the Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning based on the portfolio submitted at the end of the program. Click on the link at the bottom of this page to apply for the program.


Theories in Teaching and Learning 
This Meta view examines the role(s) of teachers and learners. Participants will examine various key thinkers and philosophies on educational perspectives through discussions, readings and reflections.

Developing and Refining a Teaching Philosophy
This involves writing a teaching philosophy and reviewing it with an instructional designer from the ECTL. It is recommended that this takes place after meeting the requirements in the reflection on what it means to teach and learn category.

Active and Engaged Learning
This category exposes participants to a variety of teaching methodologies on the active/engaged learning spectrum.

Teaching and Technology
This category involves online teaching, blended learning, WyoCourses and various other technologies that can assist teaching and learning.

Assessment Strategies
This category exposes participants to a variety of assessment approaches, such as backward course design, developing rubrics, etc.

Diversity and Inclusion
This category challenges participants to consider a variety of perspectives and approaches to teaching that promote inclusion and awareness of diversity issues in order to create a more welcoming environment for all students.

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Good instructors share their good work. This category encourages participants to explore ways in which they can look at their teaching as scholarship, through research, presentations and publication.

Course Observation/Demonstration
This category involves observing others teach, as well as having one’s own teaching observed, in order to receive constructive feedback and gain useful insight and ideas.

This category allows for consultation or mentorship from an instructional designer in order to assist faculty one-one one in any area they may like assistance (for example, syllabus review, course design or redesign, etc.).


Click here for information about potential activities and possible points that can be earned toward completion of the certification.


Participants who enroll in this three-credit class offered each spring, will have the potential to earn a maximum of 65 points.


All points will be accumulated from your application date forward. You earn points by reflecting on each activity you do. Participants are required to keep a detailed electronic learning portfolio of their activities and acquired points. For information about how to set up your e-portfolio in WyoCourses, click here.


To apply for the certification program, go here to complete the application form.

Congratulations to our Spring 2019 Certification Earners!

Amy Spiker

Michelle Mason

Dilnoza Khasilova

William Kingsland

Bethany Townsend

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Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning

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Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4847


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