All the Essentials

What teaching practices should every college educator know about and be able to use effectively in their classes?

These core competencies are defined in ACUE’s Effective Practice Framework, a comprehensive statement of essential knowledge and skills across five major areas of teaching. Aligned to the Effective Practice Framework, ACUE’s courses include over 200 recommended evidence-based practices. Developed in collaboration with leading experts, teaching center directors, and faculty, the Framework was independently validated and endorsed by the American Council on Education.


In every course, faculty collaborate with peers and receive guidance from expert facilitators—often through a teaching center. Courses include numerous instructional resources, interviews with leading experts, and demonstration videos to see, and learn from, great teaching in action. This practical and relevant experience helps faculty learn more deeply about—and implement—approaches across all of the Framework’s competencies.

Designed for Change

ACUE’s research-based learning design guides cohorts of faculty from foundational knowledge through higher order learning to the implementation of proven approaches, reflection on one’s practice, and refinement based on peer and expert feedback. These graduate-level offerings are delivered online, certified by Quality Matters, and lead to a credential co-issued with the American Council on Education.

A Lifelong Pursuit

Teaching is both a science and an art. It takes a lifetime to master. As a member of ACUE’s Community of Professional Practice, faculty enjoy ongoing support to refine their teaching, stay current on research, and advance the national conversation.

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