PFF Professional Development Certificate
in College Teaching
The PFF Professional Development Certificate in College Teaching recognizes your progress through a rigorous program to acquire pedagogical knowledge and develop your skills and capacities to excel as an educator in post-secondary settings. You also develop a robust portfolio that will serve you well in your job search and beyond. In completing the Certificate, you will also be listed as a PFF Scholar on our website to recognize and promote your affiliation with a community of teacher-scholars across the nation.
There is no time limit for completing the Certificate. The workshops are designed to be modular so you can take them as best fits your own schedule. However, we encourage you to move efficiently through the program to earn your Certificate in a timely manner. You should be able to complete all workshop requirements within 2 semesters, and complete the Practicum and e-portfolio in one semester.
A Visual Representation of Your Pathway to the PFF Certificate
To earn the PFF Certificate you must complete all three sections: Workshops, E-Portfolio, and Practicum. Just follow these steps through the process:
Register to enroll in Canvas to get access to resources, assignments, and track your progress toward completion. Click here to register.
Take workshops. Attend 8 Mandatory and 9 Elective workshops. Try and attend the 8 Mandatory workshops in consecutive sequence, like a short course, in order to move quickly to working on your Portfolio items. Each workshop requires pre-workshop preparation, post-workshop feedback, and a reflection in response to the workshop assignment prompt.Read about workshops in detail here.
You can also take PFF 531: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education as a fast track option toward the Certificate. PFF 531 fulfills all workshop requirements as well as helps you begin your portfolio items, and complete the Teaching Clinic part of the Practicum. PFF 531 is a zero credit course and is reflected on your transcript as pass/fail. The course costs $1390.00. Read more about PFF 531 here.
Begin your Portfolio as you complete Mandatory workshop topics. We require a minimum of 2 meetings with a PFF Fellow - after workshops 1 to 4 and after workshops 5 - 8 - to get you started. You may schedule more consultations as needed as you work on your drafts. Submit your final approved drafts for Certificate credit in Canvas. Read about Portfolios in detail here.
Begin your Practicum after you complete the Mandatory workshops and a few Elective workshop topics and feel ready to put your learning into practice. You are required to meet with a PFF Fellow to plan your Practicum process. The Practicum comprises teaching observation and teaching practice through our Teaching Clinics and in your discipline, informational interviews with 2 professors in your discipline, and a reflection essay on your practicum experience. Read about the Practicum in detail here.
Take the PFF Mastery Quiz on Canvas. You can take this multiple times to review material and to ensure you achieve a minimum of 90%.
As you move through and complete the program, you will reach the following milestones.
PFF Associate: On completing all required workshops, you will be listed on the PFF Associates page on the website.
PFF Scholar: On completing the full program, after submission and approval of all Portfolio and Practicum items, you will be featured on the PFF Scholars page the website with a short bio and a link to your e-portfolio.