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Preparing Future Faculty
Claremont Graduate University
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Shamini Dias, PhD
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PFF Certificate in College Teaching PFF Certificate in College Teaching


 The PFF Certificate in College Teaching recognizes your progress through a rigorous program to develop an inclusive, student-focused pedagogy for teaching and leading in post-secondary and other professional settings. You also develop a portfolio that will serve you well in your job search and continuing professional development. When you complete the Certificate, we will list you as a PFF Scholar on our website to recognize and promote your affiliation with a community of teacher-scholars across the nation. The PFF Certificate in College Teaching free for currently enrolled CGU students.

Enroll with PFF to earn the PFF Certificate in College Teaching

See the PFF Certificate policies and costs for more information.

 Enroll in the PFF Teaching Certificate

Please note that Enrollment & RSVPs are separate. Enrollment is not required to attend workshops.

PFF Teaching Certificate Requirements

Orientation - Online

The orientation is an overview of reflective practice, key concepts, instructions, and making your certificate program timeline.

Module 1: Foundations of Inclusive Pedagogy

These workshops build understanding of the core concepts that support inclusive pedagogy and active learning. We use a complexity framework to present the larger contexts of education as a space of proliferating divergences and diversity that are dynamically inter-connected and constantly changing. Teaching and learning is presented within this framework as complex adaptive processes.

1. Frameworks for Inclusivity
2. Intersectional Diversities and New Educational Paradigms
3. Motivating and Engaging All Learners
4. Reflexivity and Values Driven Practice
5. Learning Goals for Content and Success Capacities
6. Assessment at the Heart of Learning
7. Mapping Your Course Schedule
8. Inclusivity and Transparency in Course Design
*Summer Only: Teaching Philosophy & Diversity Statement Design
*Summer Only: Syllabus Design
Teaching Philosophy Statement - Draft

Diversity Statement - Draft
Constructive Alignment - Draft
Syllabus - Draft
Sample Assignment & Rubric - Draft
Course Rationale - Draft
Portfolio Review 1

Module 2: Inclusive Facilitation

These workshops cover topics pertaining to inclusive classroom processes and active learning facilitation in areas such as community building and relationships, diversity and inclusion, assessment practices, teaching modalities such as lectures, discussions, portfolios, contemplative pedagogy strategies, and technology integration.


1. Building Diverse & Inclusive Learning Communities
2. Building Classroom Community Through Collaboration
3. Infusing Inclusivity into Assessments
4. Feedback and Rubrics
*Summer Only: Website & Learning Portfolio Check-in
*Summer Only: Active Learning in the Classroom
5. Lectures & Discussions
6. Making Beyond Classroom Boundaries
7. Digital Integration
8. Teaching Clinic: Designing Engaging Lessons

Teaching Toolkit - Draft
Sample Course on LMS - Draft
Teaching-Scholar Website - Draft
Portfolio Review 2

Module 3: Independent Teaching Practice

Applying pedagogy principles in observing and analyzing teaching in undergraduate settings, and practicing lesson design and facilitation in a peer review setting.

Teaching Observation of Undergraduate Class Session
Lesson Plan
Teaching Demonstration at PFF
Annotated Lesson Plan
Teaching an Undergraduate Class Session
Portfolio Review 3

Capstone Projects

Submission of final versions of program projects and documents: 

Final: Teaching Philosophy Statement
Final: Diversity Statement
Final: Course Design & Syllabus
Final: Sample Course on LMS
Final: Teaching Toolkit
Final: Teacher-Scholar Website 
Final: Integrated Reflection
Exit Interview

If you cannot take on the full demands of the certificate, please note that you also just attend workshops for professional development as time allows. In addition, you can build your own portfolio of teaching tools and resources, course syllabi, and useful documents like a sample course or teaching philosophy statement for your job search through our consulting and coaching service.

Certificate FAQs Certificate FAQs


1. Can I begin the certificate program as a first year student?

Yes! In your first semester, you can enroll with PFF and begin attending workshops as you settle into the routine of a graduate student workload. You can then step up the pace in your second semester.

2. Is there a cost for the certificate?

The Certificate is free and open to all enrolled CGU students. Alumni and non-CGU participants can find the cost on our Certificate Cost page.

3. How long can I take to complete the Certificate program?

The program is self-paced. The program is modular and you can continue and complete it even after you graduate. However, the Certificate can be completed in three semesters.

4. What if I already have teaching experience and just want to take some workshops. Can I take workshops even if I do not want to work toward a Certificate?

Absolutely! Teaching is a complex and ever evolving domain so we can never really say we are "done". You are most welcome to just attend workshops to keep learning and refreshing your knowledge, skills, and capacities, or just to stay connected to a community of educators and leaders. We would also love to see you continue to take new workshop topics even after you complete the Certificate.

5. When should I begin my Independent Teaching Practice? Can I begin before completing all the modules?

No. You begin the Independent Teaching Practice module after completing all the workshops.

6. How is PFF useful if I am not planning to enter a career in academia as a professor?

PFF focuses on helping you understand how people engage in learning and to develop principles and strategies to engage, motivate, assess, and lead learners in mastery of content and skills. Critical to this is developing strong communication and facilitation skills. Outside of formal teaching contexts, many of us engage in leading and working with other individuals, teams, and communities in a range of professional contexts. The principles and strategies we develop through the PFF program apply equally strongly outside of the classroom in many professional contexts.

If you do not see a response to a question you have about the PFF program at CGU, please email us at and we will respond to your question as well as add it to our growing FAQs.

PFF Certificate Program Policies PFF Certificate Program Policies


These policies apply to all workshops that you would like to count toward the PFF Certificate in College Teaching. 

Workshop Attendance

Workshop attendance is tracked through sign-in sheets. If you do not sign the sign-in sheet you might not be given credit for attendance. You must attend the entire workshop, or your name will be removed from the sign-in sheet.

During summer intensives a $50 hold will be placed on your student account. If you sign-up for a module then you miss more than one workshop, you will be assessed a $50 fee.


If there are too many people to fit in the workshop, participants who RSVPed (or registered in the summer) first will be given priority.


Assignments for each module are due two weeks after each Module's workshops are finished. (There are no deadlines for Module 3 or Capstone assignments.)

If you do not submit the assignments by the deadline, the assignments will be considered Not Submitted (NS). If you have not submitted the assignments four weeks after the due date (6 weeks after the Module's workshops are over) you will have to take the workshops again before you can submit the assignments.

If you need to submit an assignment after the due date email

Making Progress

You should be able to complete the PFF Teaching Certificate in three semesters. If you are inactive for six months (do not attend any workshops or turn in assignments), we will reach out to you though email. If you are inactive after this time and want to return, you must schedule a review meeting with PFF to move forward with the program. At this review meeting, we will determine if you need to re-do some workshops or assignments.


You must submit an Intent to Receive Degree/Certificate form to the Registrar by the deadlines for Spring, Summer, and Fall degrees as stipulated at

In addition, when you do your Exit Interview with PFF to complete the Certificate, you will fill out the Final Approval Form that PFF will submit to the Registrar. The timing of this submission determines if your Certificate will be issued in Spring, Summer, or Fall.

Accomodations: Diverse Abilities & Approaches

At Preparing Future Faculty, we seek the success of all participants. We realize that students bring diverse abilities and approaches to our workshops. With this in mind, we will do our best to work with each participant to find the most appropriate means of participation to achieve and demonstrate the successful completion of PFF's learning goals. Please contact us at or (909) 607-6225 if you have any questions or concerns.

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