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*Please note that the certificate programs offered through The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning are for professional development only, and do not confer a degree. Professional development credit hours will be submitted towards a non-credit bearing transcript.

If the day(s) and time(s) do not work for your schedule, please email CETL with certificate name along with the days and times of availability.

If you are interested in one or more of the certificates, please contact The Center for Excellence  in Teaching & Learning (CETL) by calling (507) 389-5899 or emailing If you are unable to meet face-to-face and that you need a connection, like TelePresence, ITV or other, please let us know as we would like to make the connections before any sessions begin.

Assessment for Student Learning Certificate Program

The Assessment for Student Learning Certificate Program will meet for five consecutive weeks.
Fridays, 9:30-11:00 p.m., 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, and 10/16
TelePresence Rooms: Mankato ML 94B and Edina FR 349

Dr. Paul Mackie, University Assessment Coordinator, will facilitate this certificate.

This certificate program focuses on assisting faculty members to better assess course-level student learning, use data for ongoing improvement, and think strategically at a “systems” level. A variety of books, articles, small-group activities, and discussions will be used to deliver this curriculum. Register with us at

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Backward Design and Learner Outcomes
  • Foundational knowledge of assessment
  • Formative assessment
  • Alternative Summative Assessment
  • Large Group Assessment

Target audience: Any faculty members interested in further developing their skills in assessing course-level learning.

Build-Your-Own Certificate Program

ON-GOING program. Participants will develop their own professional-learning plan. Choose seven sessions from a variety of opportunities: Tech Tactics, Scholars-At-Work, Brown Bag Discussions and sessions from Teaching the 21st Century Learner. Times and dates will vary to meet the needs of everyone.

Interested individuals will need to arrange a meeting with CETL Director Patricia Hoffman, 389-3233 or by email, to create a personalized participation plan. Registration for these single session trainings (Tech Tactics, Scholars-At-Work Brown Bag Discussions, Miscellaneous Brown Bag Discussions) will be available in the STARS system come Fall Semester. We can register you as well, so let us know how we can help.

Target audience: Any faculty and staff wanting to gain knowledge on specific enterprise technology software, book discussions, research, making a difference, challenging students, IRB issues or AVID teaching methods.

The Certificate of Excellence in Online Teaching & Learning (CEOTL)

Mondays, 1:00-2:00pm, 9/21, 10/19, and 11/16
TelePresence Rooms: Mankato ML 94B and Edina FR 349

These workshops have a two-semester commitment and will go beyond the technology of online teaching to create an awareness of how to effectively engage students and improve learning in the online environment. Our first semester will feature introductory modules to Online Teaching & Learning, Backwards Design, and Basic Technology Tools that are available through our campus. While the second semester of the program will be tailored to individual participant’s needs and interests. Upon completion of the program, participants will have completed an online project and the initial Quality Matters training as well. To register for a CEOTL group, contact with certificate name, and your available days and times. Michael Manderfeld, Instructional Designer with Academic Technology Services, will be facilitating these sessions.

Target audience: Online instructors.

The Certificate of Excellence in Teaching & Learning for Graduate Assistants (CETL-GA)

The Certificate of Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Graduate Assistants will support you as new instructors at Minnesota State University, Mankato. We will discuss immediate teaching needs, developing instruction, engaging learners, designing 21st Century Learning Environments, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Students will have the opportunity to discuss concerns and practice techniques and strategies before implementing them in the classroom. This program will be presented over two semesters through a variety of face-to-face and online workshop options.

Facilitator: Dr. Carrie Miller, Instructional Designer with Academic Technology Services
Office: Memorial Library 88H   Phone: 507-389-1531

Target audience: Graduate Assistants who teach.

REVISED: The Certificate of Excellence in Teaching & Learning Basics (CETLB) for Adjunct Faculty

FALL SEMESTER: We are revising this certificate. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Carrie Miller.

Facilitator: Dr. Carrie Miller, Instructional Designer with Academic Technology Services
Office: Memorial Library 88H   Phone: 507-389-1531

Target audience: All adjunct instructors.

Faculty Teaching Certificate Program (FTCP)

This is a two-semester commitment. The groups formed in the Fall Semester, will continue into the Spring Semester.

Group 1: Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Every Three (3) Weeks, this certificate will begin on 9/15, 10/6, 10/27, 11/17, and will continue with the following dates in the Spring Semester: 1/19, 2/9, 3/1, and 3/22.
TelePresence Rooms: Mankato ML 94B and Edina FR 349
Group 2: TBD. Please send your interest to CETL along with available days and times. Location TBD.

Facilitator: Dr. Patricia Hoffman, CETL Director and Educational Studies K-12 Faculty Member

This series has been the flagship of The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning. Faculty who register for the Faculty Teaching Certificate Program meet with 6-10 faculty from various disciplines. Sessions are held every third week, which began on 9/15 (both Group 1 & 2). Each hour-long session addresses topics such as course design and redesign, active-learning strategies for the classroom, rubric creation, and teaching with technology. Each participant also has a peer faculty consultant and/or student consultant who observes one course and provides feedback to the faculty member (this is totally confidential). Each participant also completes a project to further aid student learning and engagement. This program starts in the Fall Semester and continues into the Spring Semester.

Target audience: All faculty, especially new faculty.

Flipped Instruction Classroom Model Certificate Program

Wednesdays from Noon-1:00 p.m., 5 consecutive weeks, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, and 10/7.
TelePresence Rooms: Mankato ML 94B and Edina FR 349

Michael Manderfeld (Instruction Designer) and Dr. Danae Quirk Dorr (Chemistry Faculty Member) are planning on facilitating this certificate.

This certificate will use the Flipped Instruction Model. Prior to attending a session, participants will view a lesson taught by a professor who uses the Flipped Instruction Model. During face-to-face meeting time, participants will self assess their understanding, clarify misconceptions and share examples to deepen understanding of the process of flipped instruction.

Target audience: All faculty.

The Institute for the Scholarship of Assessment, Learning & Teaching (iSALT) Fellows Program

2-semester commitment which meets monthly for the Fall Semester. During Spring Semester participants will be encouraged to meet with facilitator as needed for individual consultations.

Grp 1 will meet on Mondays, 9/14, 10/12, and 11/9.
Grp 2 TBD. If interested, please let CETL know, plus all of your available days and times.
TelePresence Rooms: Mankato ML 94B and Edina FR 349

Faciliator is Dr. Vicky (Qijie) Cai, Instructional Designer with Academic Technology Services.

The iSALT Fellows Program will provide systematic support for the participants to conduct evaluation research around innovative projects related to instructional technology, as well as teaching and learning in general. The program includes: 1) monthly face-to-face group meetings, 2) individual consultation meetings, and 3) independent or collaborative research. The participants will be asked to identify an innovative project to evaluate. The outcomes of the program are the evaluation papers, which can be published in journals, trade publications, or as part of conference proceedings.

Target audience: All faculty and staff interested in evaluating any teaching/learning related projects.

"Interactive Theater of -isms" for Teaching & Learning Certificate

This innovative certificate will meet on a monthly bases and will perform at CETL Certificates as schedules allow. This group will meet on Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m., on 9/9, 10/7, and 11/4 in ML 88A.

Dr. Timothy Berry, Educational Leadership Faculty Member, will facilitate this group.

“Interactive Theater for Student Learning”. Participants will help co-create aspects of the Certificate in a safe learning environment. We will focus on increasing awareness and reflection around tough issues such as racism, sexism and other forces that work to diminish rather than empower individuals. The certificate will use the principles of Interactive Theater to equip participants with vocabulary and tactics to negotiate meaning and respond to forms of oppression or injustice. Participants’ stories as well facilitators’ stories and experiences will help focus on scenarios that can be shared across campus.

Intercultural Seminar Series

This certificate will begin in the Fall Semester and continue through the Spring Semester. The group will meet on Mondays from 2:00-3:00 p.m., 9/14, 10/12, 11/9, 1/11, 2/8, and 3/14.
Location is in ML 88A - Conference Room.

Dr. Daria Paul Dona, Currently reassigned to the College of Education as the Director of Assessment and Research, will facilitate this seminar series.

Participants will attend six sessions to discuss the book using the “Courageous Conversations Protocol”. An additional session will use Interactive Theater to explore issues and tensions. The intent of the Seminar Series is to equip faculty and staff to engage students in critical dialog.

Target audience: All faculty and staff

iTeach Writing: Using Technology in the Writing Classroom

FALL SEMESTER ONLY! Mondays from 2:00-3:00pm, 5 consecutive weeks,
9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, and 10/12
Facilitators: Dr. Kirsti Cole, English Faculty Member
TelePresence Rooms: Mankato ML 94B and Edina FR 349

Faculty participating will be introduced to a different technology, teaching tool, or program each week to support the teaching of writing in writing intensive classrooms. Technologies covered will include: social media, Infographic Design, Lynda, Evernote, RefWorks, and brainstorming and word mapping tools. Support material for the certificate will include a series of 5 minute workshop videos, access to faculty teaching writing across campus, as well as a series of texts (web and print) that focus on the role of multimodality in the writing process. Each meeting will include assignment guides and time to work on assignment development and implementation.

Target audience: All faculty.

The Pedagogy of Social Justice/Civil Engagement Seminar Series

FALL SEMESTER ONLY: Wednesdays, every other week, beginning on Sept. 9, 
3:30-5:00 p.m. for 5 sessions: 
9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, and 11/4.
TelePresence Rooms: Mankato ML 94B and Edina FR 349

Facilitators: Dr. Anne Dahlman, Faculty Member from the Educational Studies: K-12 & Secondary Programs and Honors Director

This Seminar Series will explore issues of Social Justice and Civic Engagement using an Asset-Based Approach. How can University faculty, staff and students work with the greater Mankato community to work together to support civic engagement and equity? What are the assets within the University and the greater community that already exist? What are our common concerns and how can we tackle those concerns? Where are we currently working together? What opportunities exist for further collaborations on and off campus? How can we strengthen the focus on social justice in university classes? Community partners and faculty co-created this certificate and will be joining the conversations to share work that is currently being done and ways we can continue to promote social justice and civic engagement.

Target audience: All faculty and staff.

Professional Learning Communities for Department Chairs

FALL SEMESTER which continues through SPRING SEMESTER: There will be monthly sessions. New chairs should contact CETL or Patricia Hoffman of their interest and available days and times.
Certificate Location: TelePresence Rooms: Mankato ML 94B and Edina FR 349
Facilitator: Dr. Patricia Hoffman, CETL Director & Educational Studies K-12 Faculty Member

Whether you are an experienced department chair or have taken this responsibility for the first time, you may wish to connect with and learn from other faculty who serve in this important capacity.

Target audience: Department chairs

Team-Based Learning (TBL) Certificate Program: An Alternative to Lecturing

FALL SEMESTER ONLY: Wednesdays from 11-Noon, for four (4) consecutive weeks: 9/2, 9/9, 9/16, and 9/23
Instructor: Dr. Mary Hadley, Chemistry & Geology Chairperson & Chemistry Faculty Member and Dr. Danae Quirk Dorr, Geology Faculty Member
TelePresence Rooms: Mankato ML 94B and Edina FR 349

In this set of meetings you will learn to define and describe the four essential principles of Team-Based Learning (TBL), identify the benefits of TBL, and list the steps to implement TBL in a course.

Target audience: All faculty.

Using Data to Make Informed Decisions

FALL SEMESTER ONLY: Thursdays from 2:00-3:15 p.m., ML 94B and ML 88A*: 9/24, 10/1*, 10/8, 10/22, 10/29*, and 11/5 (Dates with an asterick will be held in ML 88A - Conference Room; all others will be in ML 94B - TelePresence & Conference Room.)

In this era of “Big Data,” effectively using information to meet student, program, and institutional needs can be challenging.  This certificate focuses on how to use a variety of data including assessment, “big data”, self-assessments, and other types of program evaluation information to reflect on student learning and make decisions for program improvement.

Target audience:  All interested in assessment and evaluation processes.


Offered during Spring Semester: Program-Level Assessment Certificate Program

A Spring Semester Cohort will be formed. If you are interested, please send us the certificate name, and all of the available dates and times to CETL.
Facilitator: Dr. Paul Mackie, University Assessment Coordinator & Social Work Faculty Member

This certificate program focuses on identifying key elements associated with assessing student learning at the program level. Participants will learn how to guide, develop, and integrate student-learning outcomes across the curriculum. Participants will also learn how to connect learning outcomes to multiple goals and missions, develop strategies to effectively “close the data loop,” and apply findings that enhance student learning. A variety of books, articles, small-group activities, and discussions will be used to deliver this training.

Target audience: Department chairs, program directors, and program assessment coordinators.

NOT OFFERED FOR FALL SEMESTER: Teaching the 21st Century Learner Certificate Program

This certificate will not be offered this Fall Semester.

This series will meet four times face-to-face to explore some essential characteristics of teaching and learning in the 21st century. Participants will also select three one-hour sessions of their choice from Tech Tactics, Scholars-At-Work and/or Brown Bag Discussions. Strands include: Creating an Awareness of Today’s University Students, Collaboration and Communication in Local and Global Contexts, Social and Cross-Cultural Skills, Critical Thinking and Creativity, Problem-Solving and Innovation, and Life and Career Skills. Participants will receive the book, “Generation on a Tightrope” for background information.    

Target audience: All faculty and staff.


To register for any of our programs or to ask questions, please contact CETL's Administrative Assistant, Mary Van Duynhoven at 507-389-5899 or by email or