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CETL Certificate in Undergraduate Learning Outcomes Assessment: Pedagogy and Program Planning

Overview: Offered each fall and spring, this semester-long professional development opportunity prepares current graduate students (and future faculty) to assess undergraduate learning - a skill that involves a research approach to the design and evaluation of classroom pedagogy, courses and degree programs.

To earn a CETL certificate in Undergraduate Learning Outcomes Assessment: Pedagogy and Program Planning, participants must

  • Attend the three-day pre-semester workshop series.
  • Attend and actively participate in weekly meetings of the learning community over the course of the semester.
  • Develop and share outcomes-based instructional curriculum.
  • Complete a final reflection ("teaching essay").

This certificate is designed to support development of materials to be used on the job market, including the instructional materials and a final reflection piece. Participating academic programs will benefit from the development of course curriculum ties to key assignments in support of program assessment.

Stipend: Graduate students will earn a stipend, pending completion of the requirements outlined above. Faculty participants are also eligible for a stipend.

Eligibility: Graduate student participants must have an appointment as a teaching assistant during the semester of the project.

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Questions: And questions about this project should be directed to project coordinator Angela Winek at

Established in 2012-2014 through a grant from the Council of Graduate Schools, this CETL certificate is a collaborative effort of UC Merced Graduate Division, the Office of Institutional Assessment, and the Merritt Writing Program. a , from 2012-2014 and reflects a partnership between Graduate Division, the Office of Assessment and the Merritt Writing Program. Additional support is provided by Graduate Student Services and the Office of Academic Personnel.


Sample Final Teaching Essays

Fall 2016

Spring 2016

Fall 2015

Spring 2015

Fall 2014

Spring 2014

Fall 2013

Spring 2013