Growing Evidence-based Teaching Practices at CSU
The Teaching Effective Initiative (TEI) is a voluntary professional development program that provides recognition to instructors invested in growing their teaching practice. The TEI provides a structure to engage in developing teaching effectiveness through implementation, self-reflection, and growth, grounded in the evidence-based teaching practices of the CSU Teaching Effectiveness Framework (TEF).
Participants can earn a Certificate of Achievement in each of the seven domains of the TEF upon completion of professional development experiences equivalent to ten domain experience units (DEUs) as outlined in Domain Experience Units (DEUs) Equivalents by Professional Development Experience. Instructors can take either a “depth” approach and focus on earning only one domain at a time, or choose a “breadth” approach and engage in a variety of domain experiences.
At this time, we are not able to offer the TEI for graduate teaching assistants or graduate students; we we encourage all graduate students at CSU to participate in the Graduate Teaching Certificate program.
Getting Started in the Teaching Effectiveness Initiative
Why Participate in TEI?
Instructors can earn a Certificate of Achievement for each domain of the CSU Teaching Effectiveness Framework (TEF) by implementing and reflecting on teaching practices learned at the professional development experience. Additionally, the TEI may prepare you to write your annual review documentation or CV SECTION 3: EVIDENCE OF TEACHING AND ADVISING EFFECTIVENESS of the Promotion and Tenure Application template.
Teaching Effectiveness Framework Achievement Certificates
Individual TILT Certificates of Achievement
Participants earning the Inclusive Pedagogy Domain will receive a Letter of Commendation jointly signed by the Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs
Participants earning three Teaching Effectiveness Framework Domains (must include Inclusive Pedagogy):
Letter of Commendation from the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Participants earning five Teaching Effectiveness Framework Domains:
Letter of Commendation from the Provost
Participants earning all seven Teaching Effectiveness Framework Domains:
Letter of Commendation from the Provost plus small stipend and/or award
Forms and Resources
- Teaching Effectiveness Initiative FAQs
- DEU Equivalents by PD Experience
- TEI Post Implementation Reflection Form (Download)
- Reflection Rubric for TEI Domain Experience
- Sample experiences to earn a Teaching Effectiveness Initiative domain certificate of achievement
- Teaching Effectiveness Initiative Pre-Approved Professional Development