Accreditation

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What is EDC Accreditation?

 EDC accreditation involves a rigorous process of peer review of institutions’ programs for instructors or teaching assistants. For each requested review, two reviewers engage in a scholarly professional conversation exploring the merits of a given program. If the program meets the EDC accreditation requirements, accreditation is awarded. Subsequently, program providers may use the EDC logo on certificates awarded to participants on the program.

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For a full list of accredited programs.

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Apply to have your program accredited

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Do you have a program for instructors or teaching assistants, that you would like to see awarded with EDC Accreditation?

Program Accreditation Process

When can I apply with my program?

While we accept proposals at any time of the year, successful accreditation is approved by the EDC Accreditation Commitee which meets twice a year – November and March. Certificates are awarded at the following EDC or STLHE conference.

What does it cost?

The EDC Accreditation process is free of charge, but there is an expectation that the institution involved will provide two reviewers who will engage in subsequent reviews (appropriate guidance and mentoring will be provided).

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Application and review for EDC Accreditation <verb> the EDC Accreditation Framework for program providers to describe and self-evaluate their programs.

Full EDC Accreditation Framework and Reviewers’ Tool document including the application form.

Aims of the EDC Accreditation Framework

The Educational Developers Caucus (EDC) EDC Accreditation Framework aims to provide a means to ensure high-quality provision of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs at Canadian post-secondary institutions. It is designed to be flexible enough to be used with any program, yet structured to provide a consistency of approach such that any program accredited by EDC may be assumed to have met EDC values of open community, collaboration, ethical practice, and scholarly approach. This is not accreditation of individuals who participate in programs. In order to be eligible for accreditation a program typically includes:

  • Learning outcomes
  • Assessments
  • Aligned activities

A set of workshops or events that do not include these three elements is unlikely to meet accreditation expectations.

The Framework provides a basis for providers to describe and self-evaluate their programs. Reviewers will use the Framework as a basis for a collegial discussion. This discussion is intended to drive a developmental process that will result in a robust program. At the end of the process the reviewers will determine if the program has met EDC minimum standards.

In order to achieve EDC accreditation a program provider is expected to provide evidence of how the program meets the EDC minimum standards or an explanation as to why those requirements may not be appropriate in a given instance. This process means that all programs with EDC accreditation are known to have met minimum requirements. The accreditation process is deliberately flexible to allow for a range of different approaches to CPD to be included while providing a consistent and minimum expectation. The framework does not require programs to run for a specified time period, nor to contain specific content, instead it is intended to be flexible enough to meet a wide range of provision and yet robust enough to be useful. The accreditation process is not about prescription, it is about ensuring EDC values are recognized and implemented.

The framework relates to the EDC Living Plan with particular regard to:

  • Engaging Our Community
  • Building Resources
  • Organizational Development/Facilitating Change
  • Teaching and Learning Quality

The Framework adds to the growing sense of collegiality among Canadian educational developers, and hence helps in Engaging Our Community, since it was created by EDC members and seeks to reflect our joint values and professional standards. The Framework is a resource in itself (Building Resources) and will assist in ensuring an agreed minimum standard of provision for educational development programs in Canada. The ability to confirm that an institution’s programs meet the EDC Framework will assist in the task of Organizational Development and Facilitating Change, since this will help to raise the credibility and profile of teaching centres with programs recognized through this process. The central aim of the Framework is to enhance Teaching and Learning Quality.

Program submissions are reviewed using the Reviewers’ Comment Sheet for the following:

  • appropriate, up to date, evidence informed materials used in the course (content)
  • clearly defined course learning outcomes aligned with assessment methods and activities
  • the application of evidence-based practice
  • active engagement by participants
  • the appropriateness of the program’s format and structure
  • the methods used to assess candidate achievement
  • a system to enable continuous improvement of the program
  • the management and accountability structures of the provider
  • the commitment of the provider to continuous improvement and quality assurance.
  • institutional support and resource, including release time and any constraints

While we accept proposals at any time of the year, successful accreditation is approved by the EDC Accreditation Commitee which meets twice a year – November and March. Certificates are awarded at the following EDC or STLHE conference.

Submission

Please send your completed documentation to the EDC Accreditation contact: mfmistak@yorku.ca

The Review Process

The review process relies on the collegiality of the EDC community. In order to engage in the process, the institution that houses the program must agree to provide reviewers for two other programs. An institution may submit an unlimited number of programs for review, but they must commit to performing twice as many reviews. An institution or centre may share the work between members as they see fit.

The process is outlined below:

  1. Institute or Centre A, decides to seek EDC accreditation for a program. They may access past reviews through application to the EDC Accreditation Committee in order to understand the process.
  2. The applicant completes the initial document of intention. This application is sent to the EDC accreditation committee.
  3. The Chair of the EDC Accreditation Committee reviews the application and checks for suitability for review. If the application is suitable, the Chair allocates the form to two reviewers. Reviewer 1 (R1) and Reviewer 2 (R2) have different roles (Reviewer 2 likely to be the less experienced of the reviewers). Successful applicants become reviewers, and are expected to act as R1 for at least one program and R2 for at least one other. The reviewers complete an initial review independent of each other.
  4. R1 contacts R2; they meet or phone to discuss the application. The reviewers decide if they need additional information from the applicant and request as necessary.  If possible, they agree on an outcome:
    1. Accept without changes
    2. Suggest minor revisions
    3. Suggest major changes
    4. Reject
      1. If there is no agreement, R1 and R2 submit their response back to the Chair who allocates a 3rd Reviewer drawn from the Accreditation Committee. The 3rd reviewer breaks the deadlock.
  5. R1 informs the applicant of the outcome of the reviewers’ discussion and arranges a meeting with the reviewers and the applicant if appropriate. It is within the discretion of the applicant whether they wish to meet if the outcome is 1 or 4 above.
  6. After the meeting, R1 informs the EDC Accreditation Committee of the outcome of the process.
  7. The Chair of the EDC accreditation Committee updates the spreadsheet Record of Accreditation to reflect the outcome. This information is maintained on the EDC Website.
  8. Appeals, concerns, issues are referred to the EDC accreditation committee for resolution.

Notes

  • Accreditation lasts for 5 years, after which time the process must be repeated. A 2nd form is used for re-accreditation after 5 years that focuses on changes and updates to program. This form has not yet been designed.
  • When rejected applications are re-submitted, the applicant indicates that this is a resubmission and the changes that have been made in response to the initial review.  
  • A spreadsheet is maintained in Google docs to record when applications are sent in, the names of contact, reviewers, the outcome of the review, and the date for resubmission.
  • The process accredits programs not people. The Committee sends a certificate to the applicant to indicate the accreditation has been made for the named program and for the stipulated period of time (5 years).
  • The Committee writes an Annual Report for EDC executive that details annual activity including the number of programs involved, how many accredited versus not and why not, and exemplars.

Once a program is Accredited

Programs that have achieved EDC accreditation are entitled to include the EDC logo on their promotional material including website and course/program certificate. Please contact the EDC Secretary for the logos.

Currently Accredited Programs

Institution Program Name Target Audience Contact Name and Email Date for Renewal
Saskatchewan Polytechnic Adult Teaching and Learning (Advanced Certificate) All Dasha Kinelovsky  kinelovskyd@saskpolytech.ca June 2025
American University in Cairo  Faculty Institute of Learning and Teaching  Faculty Maha Bali

bali@aucegypt.edu

February 2025 
 University of Calgary Academic Staff Certificate Program   Faculty Natasha Kenny, Lorelli Nowell
nakenny@ucalgary.ca, lnowell@ucalgary.ca
February 2025
Kwantlen Polytechnic University Tutor Training levels 1, 2 and 3  Faculty  Alice McPherson

alice.macpherson@kpu.ca 

November 2023
York University Statistics Training Faculty  Natasha May

maynat@yorku.ca

November 2023
University of Manitoba Teaching and Learning Certificate Faculty Colleen Web

colleen.webb@umanitoba.ca 

June 2023
University of Victoria Faculty Institute of Teaching Faculty Cynthia Korpan 

tatrain@uvic.ca 

June 2023
McMaster University Teaching and Learning Certificates of Completion Program All Elliot Storm 

storme@mcmaster.ca

October 2022
York University Exploring Educational Development TAs Natasha May

maynat@yorku.ca

November 2022
Humber College Inclusive Curricular Design Certificate All Bianca Sorbera

BiancaA.Sorbera@humber.ca

January 2023
Humber College Teaching Excellence Program All Bianca Sorbera

BiancaA.Sorbera@humber.ca

January 2023
University of Newcastle International Certificate in University Teaching All Carol Miles

carol.miles@newcastle.edu.au

March 2023
Humber College Culturally Inclusive Educator Certificate Program All Bianca Sorbera

BiancaA.Sorbera@humber.ca

20 June 2022
Humber College The Teaching Effectiveness Certificate Program All Bianca Sorbera

BiancaA.Sorbera@humber.ca

20 June 2022
University of Victoria Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LATHE) Graduate Certificate Graduate Students Cynthia Korpan

tatrain@uvic.ca

26 October 2021
Red Deer College Excellence in Teaching and Learning Career Development Certificate Faculty Alison Jeppesen

Alison.Jeppesen@rdc.ab.ca

31 October 2021
Dalhousie Teaching assistant enrichment program TAs Suzanne Sheffield

Suzanne.Sheffield@Dal.Ca

8 November 2021
York University EduCATE Faculty Mandy Frake Mistak

mfmistak@yorku.ca

13 November 2021
York University TACT TAs Natasha May

maynat@yorku.ca

13 November 2021
University of Waterloo Fundamentals of University Teaching program TAs Svitlana Taraban-Gordon

staraban@uwaterloo.ca

13 November 2021
Western Medical school Advanced Methods of Teaching/Advanced Methods of Course Design Faculty Mark Weyers

mweyers@uwo.ca

15 November 2021

Contact

Please send questions about accreditation to the EDC Accreditation contact: mfmistak@yorku.ca