The PFF 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.
REQUIREMENTS: To earn the PFF Certificate in College Teaching, you must complete 3 main sections of the program.
A. Mandatory and Elective Workshops (with required planning meetings) B. Portfolio
C. Teaching Practicum
Use the tabs on the left sidebar to navigate to read details of each of these requirements.
FLEXIBILITY. 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 so that your development is coherent and robust. You should be able to complete all workshop requirements within 2 semesters, and complete the Practicum and Portfolio in one semester. It is possible to begin the Portfolio as you move through the Mandatory workshop series, and to be working on your Practicum as you complete the Elective workshop series.
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:
Join the Program. Register with the Certificate program to begin working for the PFF Certificate in College Teaching. Once you register, we will add you to the Canvas course site for the Certificate through which you can prepare for workshops and submit assignments for workshops, Practicum, and your Portfolio. We also use the Canvas site to track your progress toward Certificate completion.
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.
Schedule your required meetings. We require 3 meetings with a PFF Fellow to help you plan strategically to complete the Practicum and Portfolio requirements. These are our suggested moments for meeting with a Fellow:
After workshops 1 - 4: Meet to plan your teaching philosophy statement
After workshops 5 - 8: Meet to plan your practicum process, especially the teaching clinic
After workshops 5 - 8: Meeting to plan your portfolio.
Begin your Portfolio as you complete Mandatory workshop topics. Your Portfolio comprises a teaching philosophy statement, a sample syllabus with rubrics and a syllabus rationale, and an e-portfolio site that you can go on to develop into a comprehensive academic or professional webspace that showcases your work. Beyond your required meetings, you can schedule more consultations to work on your portfolio items. 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. YMeet with a PFF Fellow to plan your Practicum process and especially to unerstand and prepare for your Teaching Clinic. The Practicum comprises teaching observation and teaching practice through our Teaching Clinics, Teaching and Observing teaching 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.