Associate Faculty Certification

Recommended Courses for Faculty New to Valencia or New to Teaching

With input from part-time and Associate Faculty members, Program Chairs, Deans and other campus leaders, we composed a list of recommended courses for part-time and full-time annually appointed faculty members new to Valencia or new to teaching. These are only recommendations, any courses within the Valencia's Faculty Development Catalog of Coursescan satisfy the 30 optional course requirement for the Associate Faculty Certification.

Although there is no required sequence of courses, it is recommended to first take the only required course for the Associate Faculty Certification, Teaching in our Learning College. In this course, you will develop expertise in each of the Essential Competencies, participate in meaningful discussion with colleagues, and learn more about our learning college. In addition, you will develop a My Development Plan that will guide you in the selection of the optional courses according to your individualized needs and interests.

When developing your plan, it is recommended that you consult with your dean, department or program chair, or discipline coordinator. Support in developing your plan and selecting which faculty development opportunities may be best suited for you, is available by contacting a member of our Faculty Development Team.

Recommended Courses

This course introduces the Essential Competencies of a Valencia Educator and provides faculty with tools and resources to become more effective, learning-centered instructors.  NOTE: This course is required for the Associate Faculty Certification.


In this course, participants will have an opportunity to examine their current teaching strategies with a learning partner through mutual classroom observations, inform their ongoing learning-centered practice through a literature search, showcase their learner-centered approach through a classroom demonstration, and reflect upon their practice by considering multiple perspectives: self, student, and colleague.


This introductory course examines classroom assessment techniques that promote student learning through consistent, timely, formative measures. Also examined will be assessment practices that invite student feedback on the teaching and learning process, as well as on student achievement.  In order to complete the weekly assignments, participants should be teaching a course while enrolled.


In this online, interactive course, participants will learn the elements of rubric construction and examine a variety of models to use in creating their own discipline-specific rubrics.


Research shows that students lose focus after fifteen to twenty minutes of listening to a lecture. This workshop will provide participants with strategies to punctate lectures with active learning techniques to better engage students and improve learning. NOTE: This workshop is for incoming faculty only.


This online course is designed for faculty and staff who wish to develop an enhanced awareness of learner diversity including those with disabilities.  This course will assist faculty in identifying and utilizing strategies in order to create an optimal learning environment to teach all learners.


Through a case-based approach, participants will examine effective community college classroom management processes and strategies that establish positive student achievement and behavior.  Participants will discuss best practices and apply what they have learned to their classroom settings.


The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed - flipped! Students view short video lectures or narrated presentations outside of class so that class time is freed up for exercises, projects, or discussions. This allows students to apply the concepts and engage collaboratively in class as the professor guides their learning. In this course, participants will review the research, examine models from across the disciplines, and create a flipped lesson for a specific concept or skill in their course.


This course will explore plagiarism and academic integrity. Participants will develop a comprehensive plan to avoid and detect plagiarism and encourage students to engage in behaviors supportive of academic integrity. NOTE: This course is optional for Digital Professor Certification and Seneff Certification program.


This intensive course addresses the pedagogy and technology essentials for teaching online using Valencia’s learning management system (LMS). Participants will develop a framework of online best practice strategies for engaging, instructing, communicating and assessing students in the online environment.


This course is designed to help participants learn more about campus Learning Support Services available to students. This course will benefit faculty members from all disciplines. NOTE: This is an elective course for the LifeMap and Seneff Certification programs.


Explore technology based tools that aide educators in preventing and detecting unoriginal content in assignment submissions.  This course will also explore writing and researching resources that can be easily integrated into any online or mixed-mode course. NOTE: This course is optional for the Digital Professor Certification.


Over 2 two-hour meetings, participants will discuss and apply the concepts of Paul and Elder's critical thinking model outlined in Gerald Nosich's book Learning to Think Things Through: A Guide to Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines. The text offers both a practical model that can be applied to any discipline, as well as exercises and activities for teaching students how to think more critically. Each participant will receive a copy of the book after registering. In registering for this course, you are committing to attending two meetings, read the book and integrate the model into one activity/lesson in your class. NOTE: This course is an elective course in the LifeMap Certification program and the Seneff Certification program. .


This course will assist participants in identifying and incorporating multimedia and instructional tools to accommodate students' diverse learning styles. NOTE: This course is optional for the Digital Professor Certification.