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Universal Design for Learning Track

The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) track includes three areas of focus: 1) what is inclusive teaching and why is it important to consider these principles when teaching? 2) what are the principles of UDL and how can they be used in support of inclusive teaching? and 3) how can participants use what they learn in this track to influence and mentor other UTHSC instructors? This track is available through a grant from the Office of Equity and Diversity.

The program will contain several components:

  1. A series of monthly face-to-face workshops on issues related to inclusivity, universal design for learning, and mentoring. Workshops will be led by UTHSC faculty and outside speakers. 
  2. Access to print and online resources related to the above topics and other topics that arise.
  3. An online forum where members of the cohort can continue to meet and discuss thoughts and concerns about UDL and integrating it into current courses along with opportunities to meet face to face as a group.
  4. Support for the cohort should any of the members wish to continue meeting after the initial program. The group would be self-led with support from the TLC as requested. 

Certificate of Completion

Participants who satisfactorily complete the set of requirements listed below are eligible for a UTHSC Teaching Excellence Institute UDL Certificate.

  1. Complete the requirements for the Inclusive Learning medallion (about 20 hours of work)
  2. Attend eight of the nine monthly workshops
  3. Complete monthly assignments, including an inclusive learning contract
  4. Write and present a plan to integrate UDL into current course(s)


The cohort will meet throughout the academic year. Sessions will be led by either TLC staff or UTHSC faculty. To see a complete list of workshops, view the Universal Design for Learning Workshop page.


Interested participants should contact their academic dean or department chair to register for this certificate program.

Jun 10, 2022