The purpose of the teaching and learning competencies (TLC) is to establish a framework that promotes
excellence in teaching and learning and fosters student learning and success at Maricopa Community
Colleges. It serves as a roadmap for faculty members, helping them navigate the complex and
ever-evolving landscape of higher education.
Teaching and learning competencies encompass a wide range of skills, ranging from subject matter
expertise to pedagogical proficiency, technological literacy, and inclusion and diversity. In addition to
guiding faculty members in their professional journeys, the TLCs serve as a foundation for faculty
development programs, enabling Colleges and the District Office to design targeted professional
development opportunities that enhance and expand faculty members' capabilities.
Moreover, the TLCs promote a culture of continuous improvement within MCCCD. It encourages faculty
members to engage in ongoing self-reflection and professional growth, fostering a dynamic environment
where teaching practices evolve and innovation thrives. By establishing performance indicators, the
competencies ensure that faculty members are equipped to meet the needs of diverse learners and
adapt to emerging trends and challenges in higher education.
As you navigate through the teaching and learning competencies, you will find an overview of the
competency, along with performance indicators for each area. It is important to note that these
competencies are not static or prescriptive but are intended to be adaptable and responsive to the
unique contexts of individual Departments/Divisions/Programs.
We encourage Departments/Divisions/Programs to utilize this framework as a resource to promote
professional growth, improve teaching and learning outcomes, and enhance the overall quality of
education. Embracing these competencies will empower faculty members to make a lasting impact on
their students' lives, contribute to the advancement of knowledge, and shape the future of education.
Thank you for your commitment to excellence in higher education, and we hope that the teaching and
learning competencies will serve as a valuable tool in your professional journey.
The course design competency is an essential skill for educators who strive to create meaningful
and impactful learning experiences. With this competency, faculty possess the ability to craft
well-structured, engaging, and relevant courses that meet the needs of diverse learners. By
carefully designing the curriculum, learning objectives, and assessments, faculty will guide
students through a cohesive and purposeful educational journey. Effective course design takes
into account various instructional strategies, resources, and assessments that align with the
desired outcomes. It involves considering the learners' prior knowledge, interests, and individual
learning preferences to ensure maximum engagement and comprehension. As an educator with
course design competency, faculty have the power to inspire, challenge, and motivate students,
fostering a love for learning and enabling them to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for
their future endeavors.
- ensure instructional strategies, assessments, and learning activities are in alignment with objectives.
- utilize design principles and processes to develop and refine courses.
- sequence course content to ensure logical, cohesive, and purposeful progression and scaffolded learning experiences.
- develop a well-structured course that is easy for students to navigate.
- select and develop instructional materials that are relevant, current, and engaging.
- incorporate active learning strategies that promote student engagement and participation.
- design courses that are accessible and inclusive for all students by considering diverse learning needs, and providing multiple pathways for students to engage with the material, such as visual, auditory (e.g., audio, captions, or audio/video transcripts), and kinesthetic approaches, and accommodating students with disabilities.
The assessment strategy competency is a vital skill for educators seeking to accurately measure
student learning and provide meaningful feedback. With this competency, faculty possess the
ability to design and implement effective assessment methods that align with learning objectives
and promote student growth. By utilizing a variety of assessment tools, such as formative
assessments, summative assessments, and performance-based tasks, faculty will gather valuable
insights into students' knowledge, skills, and progress. Furthermore, faculty will create
opportunities for self-reflection, peer collaboration, and targeted instruction based on assessment
results. A strong assessment strategy allows faculty to gauge student understanding, identify
areas for improvement, and tailor instruction to meet individual needs. By mastering the
assessment strategy competency, faculty empower students to take ownership of their learning,
cultivate a growth mindset, and strive for continuous improvement. Ultimately, this competency
plays a pivotal role in shaping students' academic success and fostering a culture of lifelong
- implement a variety of assessment measures and techniques (formative and summative) to form a complete picture of learning.
- align assessment measures with objectives and outcomes.
- incorporate a variety of assessment methods, including projects, portfolios, presentations, and other forms of assessment that allow students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in different ways.
- design activities that aid learners in self-assessing their learning.
- provide transparent assessment criteria (e.g. rubrics).
- provide timely and constructive feedback on activities and assessments helping them understand their strengths and areas for improvement.
- evaluate and revise (where necessary) assessments and grading practices.
Faculty will implement diverse teaching and learning methods/strategies that promote active
learning and foster the acquisition and application of knowledge, skills, and understanding. By
placing the learner at the center of the educational experience, these methodologies promote
active engagement, critical thinking, and lifelong learning. As an educator, mastering
learner-centered teaching approaches empowers faculty to create a dynamic and inclusive
learning environment where students can thrive, discover their unique strengths, and develop a
genuine passion for knowledge acquisition. This competency opens doors to fostering
collaboration, embracing diversity, and tailoring instructional strategies to meet individual needs,
ultimately shaping students into empowered and self-directed learners. With learner-centered
teaching methodologies, faculty have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the lives of their
students, equipping them with the skills and mindset necessary for success in the ever-evolving
- encourage group work, discussions, and peer-to-peer interactions to foster active participation and knowledge sharing among students.
- engaging students in decision-making processes, such as selecting learning activities or setting goals.
- encourage learners to challenge ideas and sources.
- use cooperative/collaborative learning strategies.
- incorporate real-life examples and applications, helping students understand the relevance and practicality of what they are learning.
- invite learners’ input on their educational experience.
- encourage students to reflect on their learning processes, set goals, and develop metacognitive skills to become self-directed learners.
Faculty will design learning opportunities acknowledging and enriching learners’ diversity. Diversity
is multifaceted and includes age, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity,
socio-economic background, religion, skill level, cognitive style, disability, etc. Inclusion and
diversity practices are fundamental to fostering equitable and enriching educational
environments. Faculty cultivate a culture of inclusivity that values and celebrates the diverse
perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences of our students. By mastering competencies in
inclusive teaching, faculty will create a supportive atmosphere where all individuals feel respected,
heard, and valued. Embracing diversity not only enhances the educational experience for every
student but also prepares them for a globalized and interconnected world. By fostering an
inclusive learning environment, faculty will empower their students to thrive academically, develop
empathy and cultural competence, and become catalysts for positive change in their communities
- implement learning experiences that address learners’ unique strengths and/or needs and accommodate different learning preferences and abilities.
- diversify the curriculum to increase the presence of historically underrepresented groups.
- create a learning environment with respect, understanding, and appreciation of individual and group differences.
- use diverse perspectives to engage and deepen critical thinking.
- encourage learners to identify and question their assumptions and consider how these affect, limit, and/or shape their viewpoints.
- integrate diverse voices, perspectives, and examples in your teaching materials and discussions.
- showcase the contributions of individuals from different backgrounds and cultures, and encourage students to share their own experiences and perspectives.
A commitment to equity in teaching and learning is not only a moral imperative but also a crucial
aspect of creating inclusive and empowering educational environments. As educators, we have a
responsibility to ensure that every student, regardless of their background, experiences equitable
opportunities to thrive and succeed. By mastering competencies in equity-focused teaching,
faculty strive to eliminate disparities, dismantle barriers, and foster a sense of belonging for all
learners. This commitment involves recognizing and addressing systemic inequities, creating
culturally responsive curricula, providing differentiated instruction, and promoting inclusive
pedagogical practices. By actively seeking diverse perspectives, valuing students' identities and
experiences, and fostering equitable learning experiences, faculty empower their students to
reach their full potential. Through a dedication to equity, faculty contribute to the creation of a
more just and equitable society, where every learner has an equal chance to excel and make
- recognize and address implicit biases by being aware of their own biases and working to mitigate them.
- emphasize the importance of diversity and challenge stereotypes in your teaching materials and discussions.
- create culturally responsive curricula to reflect the cultural diversity of the learners.
- ensure that all students have equitable access to learning materials, technology, and resources necessary for their success.
- offer flexibility in assignments and assessments to allow for different learning needs.
- identify and implement strategies to support underrepresented students.
- engage in discussions, workshops, or initiatives that promote equity and social justice.
- collaborate with colleagues to address institutional policies and practices that may perpetuate inequities.
Holistic approaches to teaching and learning are essential for nurturing the overall development
and well-being of our students. Faculty need to recognize and address the diverse needs,
strengths, and aspirations of each learner. By mastering competencies in holistic teaching, faculty
will create an inclusive and supportive educational environment that considers the physical,
emotional, social, and cognitive aspects of their students' growth. By integrating various
instructional strategies, fostering meaningful connections, promoting critical thinking, and
providing opportunities for reflection and self-assessment, faculty will empower their students to
become lifelong learners, confident problem solvers, and engaged members of society. Embracing
holistic approaches not only enhances academic achievement but also promotes personal and
interpersonal growth, empowering students to thrive in an ever-changing world.
- encourage collaboration, empathy, and open dialogue among students to promote a sense of belonging and mutual understanding.
- design activities and assignments that encourage students to think critically, analyze information, and apply their knowledge to new situations.
- encourage self-reflection and metacognitive skills, helping students develop a deeper understanding of their learning processes.
- connect various disciplines and promote interdisciplinary learning by highlighting the interconnectedness of different subjects.
- promote self-directed learning and provide resources for students to explore topics of personal interest to encourage students to see learning as a continuous process beyond the classroom.
Faculty will manage their online and face-to-face classrooms effectively and maintain a safe and
respectful learning environment. Classroom management strategies are a fundamental
competency for every effective educator. They are the bedrock that establishes a supportive and
productive learning environment. By mastering classroom management strategies, faculty gain
the ability to create a safe, respectful, and engaging space where students can focus, participate,
and thrive academically and socially. With well-implemented strategies, faculty will effectively
manage student behavior, maintain a positive atmosphere, and maximize instructional time. By
establishing clear expectations, employing proactive techniques, and utilizing effective
communication skills, faculty will foster a sense of community, encourage active participation, and
cultivate a love for learning. Developing expertise in classroom management strategies is key to
ensuring a conducive and inclusive learning environment, empowering both faculty and their
students to reach their full potential.
- clearly communicate classroom rules, guidelines, and expectations to students at the beginning of the course.
- create a welcoming environment where students feel comfortable participating and sharing ideas.
- use interactive teaching methods, such as group work, discussions, and hands-on activities, to promote active learning and student engagement.
- clearly articulate objectives, instructions, and explanations.
- create a well-structured schedule and stick to it (e.g. realistic timelines for activities, assignments, assessments, due dates, etc.).
- encourage improvement and promote a growth mindset by providing timely and constructive feedback on assignments, assessments, and class participation.
- refine teaching methods, materials, or assessments to accommodate different learners and to create an inclusive learning environment.
Technological literacy practices encompass a broad range of competencies that are increasingly
vital in today's digital age. As faculty and students navigate a world driven by technology, it is
essential to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to engage with and understand
the tools and systems shaping their lives. As educators, our role extends beyond teaching subject
matter; faculty must equip their students with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in a
technology-driven world. From basic digital literacy to critical thinking and ethical considerations,
technological literacy empowers faculty and students to be active participants, informed
consumers, and responsible contributors in our interconnected society. By mastering
technological literacy competencies, faculty become better equipped to engage students, facilitate
meaningful learning experiences, and prepare students for the digital challenges they will face.
Through a commitment to ongoing learning, exploration, and adaptation, faculty will empower
their students to become active participants in the digital landscape and ensure their success in an
increasingly technology-centric society.
- utilize digital tools, online platforms, and educational software to enhance instructional methods.
- effectively use online discussion forums, and other digital communication tools to encourage students to use these tools for collaborative projects or class discussions.
- educate students about responsible and ethical technology use, including discussing digital privacy, online safety, the use of artificial intelligence for assignments, and intellectual property rights.
- utilize appropriate educational technologies to enhance course delivery and student engagement, including the use of learning management systems (i.e., Canvas or RioLearn) for course materials and communication, and integrating online discussions or collaboration tools.
As educators, we have a responsibility to continually enhance our knowledge, skills, and teaching
methodologies to provide the best possible educational experiences for our students. By
mastering competencies in commitment to learning, faculty demonstrate a dedication to personal
and professional growth, adaptability, and staying abreast of advancements in their fields. This
commitment allows faculty to engage with new perspectives, explore emerging trends, and
continually refine their pedagogical practices. By embracing a commitment to learning, faculty
model the importance of curiosity, intellectual development, and self-improvement to their
students, inspiring them to become lifelong learners themselves. Through their ongoing learning
journeys, faculty will create dynamic and transformative educational environments that prepare
students for success in an ever-evolving world.
- stay current in the discipline/academic field.
- participate in faculty development programs, resources, and classes offered by colleges, the District, and external organizations (e.g., conferences).
- engage in academic discourse with peers, divisions, campus/college work, and district-wide initiatives.
- engage and collaborate with peers within and outside of the discipline/academic field.
- engage in professional development opportunities and training that promote inclusive teaching practices.
- participate in interdisciplinary or campus-wide initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion.
- engage in ongoing reflection and evaluation of course design by seeking student feedback and making necessary revisions to improve the effectiveness of the course.