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Empowering Teaching Excellence 10 

ETE 10 Program

Please contact Travis Thurston with additional questions about the ETE 10 Program: 435-797-4950 or

Frequently Asked Questions

  • This voluntary program sponsored by Academic and Instructional Services (AIS) is designed for tenure track, non-tenure track, lecturers, clinical faculty, professional practice faculty, and graduate instructors.

The ETE 10 program provides a framework of teaching-related experiences which can help instructors in the career-long process of developing expertise as a teacher. "Learning doesn’t stop when we achieve a degree or accept a new position; badges serve as microcredentials of achievement beyond the transcript or career step" (Diaz, Smith, & Petrillo, 2014, p. 2).

A growing body of literature supports the use of microcredentials and digital badging for faculty development in higher education. A recent study suggests that microcredentialing is valuable in allowing participants to personalize learning goals by allowing instructors to personalize professional development and make it more individually meaningful (Gamrat, Zimmerman, Dudek, & Peck, 2014).

Faculty development centers and programs have been a part of the higher education landscape in the U.S. for over 50 years. In a recent study, the vast majority of institutions surveyed identified the main goal for faculty development as “creating or sustaining a culture of teaching excellence,” (Sorcinelli et al., 2006, p. 48). Another study identifies four main factors that can enhance or impede faculty development, including two that ETE addresses: people and interpersonal relationship, and institutional structures (Cafferella & Zinn, 1999).

The ETE 10 program aims to elevate and promote our own culture of teaching excellence here at USU by providing a framework for instructors to engage in a variety of different teaching-related experiences, while incorporating flexibility of personalize learning. At a granular level, instructors can further personalize experiences through reflection and documentation of teaching improvement activities that are most relevant to their discipline, and their specific practice. Additionally, ETE 10 provides institutional support to instructors by providing opportunities for professional development, and access to teaching resources and support teams. The program also enables instructors to build personal support systems by providing opportunities to build working relationships with inter-departmental colleagues, professional and support staff, and others committed to elevating and promoting our culture of teaching excellence.


Caffarella, R. S., & Zinn, L. F. (1999). Professional development for faculty: A conceptual framework of barriers and supports. Innovative Higher Education,23(4), 241-254.

Diaz, V., Smith, S. R., & Petrillo, T. (2014). Badging for Professional Development. EDUCAUSE 7 Things You Should Know. Retrieved from

Gamrat, C., Zimmerman, H. T., Dudek, J., & Peck, K. (2014). Personalized workplace learning: An exploratory study on digital badging within a teacher professional development program. British journal of educational technology,45(6), 1136-1148.

Sorcinelli, M. D., Austin, A. E., Eddy, P. L., & Beach, A. L. (2005). Creating the future of faculty development: Learning from the past, understanding the present.
  • There is no formal enrollment process. Participate in ETE and other teaching improvement activities, and start submitting badges.
Badges are classified in a three-tier progression: engage, implement, and contribute.

    • Engage badges are the lower-level badges which generally require attendance and participation in a teacher-centered event or experience (example: attending the ETE Conference).

    • Implement badges are typically earned by showing evidence of integrating these concepts or strategies into teaching practice (example: incorporating a teaching strategy learned at the ETE Conference into your own teaching)

    • Contribute badges are the higher-level badges which are generally earned by returning to an event or experience and providing your own insights into what you have learned, and practice in your teaching by sharing with your peers (example: presenting in a breakout session at the ETE Conference).
  • Badges are earned by submitting the Badge Review Form (note some badges are automatically awarded and are labeled accordingly).
  • Once your Badge Review Form submission has been received and reviewed, you will receive an email from the USU Center for Innovative Design and Instruction prompting you to "save" your ETE badge. save the badge
  • This will launch a new window allowing you to navigate to where you will be prompted to log in, or create an account if you haven't done so yet. Once you have logged in, you will be prompted to "accept" your new badge. Once you have accepted the badge you will have the option whether on not to display the badge publicly on your Credly profile.accept badge
  • Examples of artifacts could be, registrations for conferences, papers, Canvas courses, recordings, videos, syllabi, written teaching philosophies, or any other pieces of evidence that show your participation in a teaching-centered event or experience.
  • Upon request, prior experiences can be retroactively applied toward completion of the program.
  • Yes! When you fill out the Badge Claim Form, describe the teaching-centered event or experience, and how you engaged, implemented, or, contributed.
By compiling badges, participants can ultimately earn two certificates as culminating awards: ETE 10 Teaching Scholar and ETE 10 Master Teacher.

1. Teaching Scholar Certificate - Earned by completing 10 badges (6 Engage, 3 Implement and 1 Contribute) and completing a written Teaching Philosophy.

2. Master Teacher Certificate - Earned by completing the Teaching Scholar Certificate and 10 additional badges (4 Engage, 3 Implement and 3 Contribute).
  • The Completion Form will prompt participants to verify that you've completed ten experiences and a teaching philosophy (for the Teaching Scholar certificate). Once the completion form has been reviewed and approved by CIDI and the ETE Faculty Committee, participants will receive a certificate signed by the Executive Vice Provost and Dean of Academic and Instructional Services, Dr. Robert Wagner, to confirm completion of the program.
  • Go to and click on the “Create Account” link in the top right corner.
  • Go to the “Create an account here” section and fill in the blanks. Be sure to use your email address, as this is the email used to send out the badges from ETE 10.
  • Under “This account is for:” select “an individual (me)”.
  • Agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, mark the “I’m not a robot” box, and click on the “Sign Up Now” button.
  • Credly will then send you an email, asking you to verify your account. When the email arrives open it and click on the provided link to verify your account.