GRAD 702/703 - Effective Teaching Practices in Higher Education I & II

The Graduate School and the Office of the Provost are pleased to offer graduate students the opportunity to enhance graduate education and workforce development. For the second year, we are partnering with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) to offer its certification program in Effective Teaching Practices to a maximum of 25 graduate student participants. The new course sequence consists of two courses, GRAD 702 (Fall 2019) and GRAD 703 (Spring 2020), Effective Teaching Practices in Higher Education I & II, will be offered for 2 graduate credits each, for a total of 4 graduate credits. Successful completion of the course will include creation of a teaching portfolio and provides participants with a nationally-recognized Certificate in Effective College Instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE). Students intending to enroll in the GRAD 702/703 sequence should secure a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) or instructor position for both Fall and Spring semesters.

Course overview

GRAD 702/703 consists of 25 modules that graduate teaching assistants will complete online with a cohort of other graduate students and is guided by UNR faculty facilitators from The Graduate School. The course promotes teaching techniques for both face-to-face and online instruction from the following five units of study: Designing an Effective Course and Class, Establishing a Productive Learning Environment, Using Active Learning Techniques, Promoting Higher Order Thinking, and Assessing to Inform Instruction and Promote Learning.

The GRAD 702/703 curriculum at the University requires a two-semester commitment. Note, the GRAD 702 course starts the week prior to the first day of Fall 2020 classes with a 3-hour Course Launch, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, August 19, 2020 from 9 am - 12 pm during which participants will begin working on the first module. GRAD702/703 participants complete approximately one online module every 1-2 weeks over the fall and spring semesters. Breaks and make-up weeks are carefully crafted to accommodate graduate teaching assistant responsibilities (see attached course sequence). Opportunities to meet and discuss face-to-face with other graduate students in GRAD 702/703 will be offered monthly.


Graduate students who complete the Course will earn the Certificate in Effective College Instruction and 3 graduate credits. In addition, participants will earn digital badges for each successfully completed module and unit, which can be added to their curriculum vitae, used in online teaching portfolios, and displayed on LinkedIn profiles or webpages as a sign of their achievement.

Previous graduate student cohorts of the ACUE curriculum report greatly enjoying the course materials, and 89% of participants would recommend the course to a colleague. Students noted profound improvements in their ability to utilize active learning techniques, deliver engaging lectures, manage disruptive behavior and address micro-aggressions and stereotype threats.

How to enroll in GRAD 702/703

To indicate your interest enrolling in the ACUE GRAD 702/703 courses, please submit the application through the link below.


Registration fees only partially cover the cost of the course and must be supplemented with contributions from the University. Consequently, enrollment will be limited to 25 students and will require instructor approval. We will begin notifying students whether they are eligible to enroll by July.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Matthew Aguirre at