Inclusive Teaching in Higher Education Endorsement

College classrooms present opportunities for transformative learning experiences, directly correlated with motivation, engagement and achievement (Zumbrunn et al. 2014).

Many teachers, however, feel underprepared to foster meaningful discourse or support a diverse student body. Inclusive teaching describes the range of approaches to teaching that create learning environments where all students feel valued and have equal access to learning.
The Inclusive Teaching in Higher Education Endorsement offered by the Ohio College Teaching Consortium allows instructors to explore issues and tools for creating inclusive learning environments. Any instructor currently teaching at an Ohio post-secondary institution is eligible to participate.

Endorsement Outcomes

Instructors who earn an Inclusive Teaching in Higher Education Endorsement will:
  • define inclusive teaching,
  • discuss research on how effective inclusive teaching strategies impact learning, 
  • practice identifying opportunities and proactive measures for inclusive learning environments, 
  • identify challenges and supports to inclusion within their current courses,
  • plan specific inclusive strategies to apply toward their teaching practice.  


Earn an Endorsement

  1. Let us know you're interested by completing an endorsement interest form
  2. Participate in at least six events, sessions or workshops (about 9-12 hours total) that have been approved by the consortium. Synchronous and asynchronous offerings are updated regularly.
  3. Complete an endorsement reflection for each event you attend. Each reflection will be reviewed using this rubric.
  4. Participants will be awarded a certificate upon successful completion. Participants also have the option of selecting two individuals whom the consortium will notify on their behalf. 

Participation in the Inclusive Teaching Endorsement program is self-directed, and credit is earned via synchronous and asynchronous engagements that can be undertaken as your time allows. Reflection submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed three times a year in January, June, and September. Participants who submit six approved reflections will be awarded an endorsement certificate at the end of each the review period.