Certificate in College Teaching & Learning in HSIs 

Our signature 35-hour course is back!

Deepen your cultural competence and transform your course into a model of culturally responsive teaching for Latinx students.

About the CTL-HSI Course

We run the only teaching course in the country that focuses on increasing Latinx student success in Hispanic Serving Institutions. After a year hiatus, CTL-HSI is back and better than ever, with a new focus in 2023 in culturally responsive teaching online!

This innovative course follows best practices in professional development by creating a cohort-based experience that includes coaching. During the summer retreat faculty engage in self-assessments of their own practice, practical demonstrations of culturally responsive teaching, as well as plenty of discussions of how to implement changes in their own courses. After retreat faculty are coached in small groups as they are guided to study their teaching in real time, and how to collect data to analyze Latinx student engagement and success. The course culminates in a 15- min presentation of course changes that brings in the whole campus to watch!

CTL-HSI Course Learning Outcomes

As a result of this course, participants will be able to: 

2023/24 ctl-hsi course timeline

Launch with a 4 day live zoom retreat


Summer retreat days run from 9:00 am - 3:15 pm, PST (with breaks)

In the summer, attend a 4-day virtual retreat on Zoom where you will: 

work with an escala coach


In the fall, work with a small group of participants (3-4) and a coach to:

Example finished Escala Presentation.pdf

Check out the sample project above!

Present Your findings 


Finally, you'll finish the course by:

Registration: $3,000 per person

Registration for the 2023-2024 CTL-HSI course is closed.

We will open registration for the 2024-2025 CTL-HSI course in the Fall of 2023. 

Video Credit: Humboldt State University Center for Teaching and Learning

Since 2013, more than 500 faculty in 2 and 4-year HSIs have completed the Certification. More than 60 of these alumni now serve as peer coaches for new cohorts.

Hear from ESCALA alumni Chris Harmon (Cal Poly Humboldt) talk about his experiences in the Certificate course and how transformative it has been to his practices as a STEM professor.

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