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Claremont, CA 91711
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Shamini Dias, Director
Shelby Lamar, Asst. Director
 
 

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PFF College Teaching Certificate PFF College Teaching Certificate

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The College Teaching Certificate is offered by the Preparing Future Faculty Program. The certificate is offered free to all enrolled students at CGU. Alumni may earn the Certificate by enrolling in a Certificate course - for details, please contact the PFF program office.

Students aspiring to teach in formal academic contexts, or whose work will take them into consulting or other leadership work that engages and leads minds will benefit from the PFF Certificate program.
 
The Certificate program helps you develop the following knowledge and skills:
  1. Teaching as a leadership process that integrates excellence, ethics, and engagement to include and support all learners toward success.
  2. Inclusive pedagogy that embraces and integrates diversity in all its forms (culture/ethnicity, nationality, age, language, gender, sexual orientation, abilities/disabilities, learning cultures, life experiences).
  3. A design approach for integrating inclusive pedagogy as part of the mission of higher education to prepare a diverse student body for the emerging world.
  4. An understanding of how and why learners engage and disengage with learning.
  5. How to select and design pedagogical strategies and tools, including in digital form, to support learning engagement and success.
  6. How to design courses that are inclusive and engage students in active learning to master both course content and critical human capacity skills for the 21st century.
  7. A critical awareness of yourself as a teacher-scholar and leader that you can articulate in a teaching philosophy and diversity statement.
  8. How to begin and maintain a reflective practice so that as an educator and leader you are an agile, ethical, and life-long learner.

Courses:

The College Teaching Certificate requires successful completion of two courses, "Transdisciplinary Pedagogy for Ethical Education" and "Teaching Practicum and Portfolio". Each course and the certificate completion are recorded on your transcript. The "Transdisciplinary Pedagogy for Ethical Education" course can be taken with different units to complete different requirements toward your degree. 
 
PFF 530: Transdisciplinary Pedagogy for Ethical Education
(No units, free for current students)
 
TNDY 430: Transdisciplinary Pedagogy for Ethical Education
(4 units, regular tuition cost)
 
This course invites you on a transformative journey to develop the mindsets to become an ethical, agile leader of learning. We present teaching as a transdisciplinary and inclusive future-focused endeavor for positive learning and development in diverse settings, within and beyond the classroom. In doing so, we engage with the question of how we can effectively and ethically respond to increasingly complex global and institutional contexts in preparing learners holistically for their futures. Working collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams, we will use systems, complexity, and design thinking frameworks to explore student identities and diversity in our classrooms, the changing global paradigms that shift our teaching missions and methods, and what learning sciences and the ethics of education tell us about engagement and motivation. We will also draw from key frameworks such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Active Learning, and Good Work in this exploration. We will work reflexively using a Portfolio-based approach individually and in teams to explore and document our own assumptions, values, and beliefs about education and how these transform in the light of our discoveries about ethical, agile teaching. Our goal will be to co-create pedagogical principles that transcend disciplinary teaching and learning cultures toward agile, ethical leadership of learning in our diverse educational and work contexts.
 
To earn the College Teaching Certificate, you also must complete the PFF 531 course, Pedagogy Practicum and Portfolio. 
 
PFF 531: Teaching Practicum and Portfolio
You must have completed the course, Transdisciplinary Pedagogy for Ethical Education (listed as PFF 530 or TNDY 430), to enroll in this course as it is a prerequisite for PFF 531 Teaching Practicum and Portfolio. 
 
This class structures your progress through the teaching practicum and completion of all the teaching portfolio items for the College Teaching Certificate. In this course, you will apply the principles and frameworks from "Transdisciplinary Pedagogy for Ethical Education" into practice. The class is presented through an online, asynchronous format with coaching modules and a structured assignment submission and feedback process. Using the work that you began in "Transdisciplinary Pedagogy for Ethical Education", you will complete your teaching philosophy statement, diversity statement, and sample course design and syllabus. In addition, you will develop a sample learning management system course and a teacher-scholar website. The course culminates in a final integrated reflection of your entire PFF journey toward becoming an inclusive, future-focused educator.
 
If you cannot take on the full demands of the certificate, 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. You can also just attend PFF 530 for professional development without taking PFF 531.

Certificate FAQs Certificate FAQs

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

Yes! We do advise students to wait until their second semester to understand their course loads before they start with us, but you can certainly start first semester. 

2. Is there a cost for the certificate?

The Certificate course PFF 530 & 531 are free and open to all enrolled CGU students. Alumni and non-CGU participants can find the cost on our Certificate Cost page. The other course, TNDY 430, is four units and costs regular tuition rates. 

3. What if I already have teaching experience and just want to take the first course. Can I take the course 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 the first course to keep learning and refreshing your knowledge, skills, and capacities, or just to stay connected to a community of educators and leaders. 

4. 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 pff@cgu.edu and we will respond to your question as well as add it to our growing FAQs.


Certificate Cost Certificate Cost

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CGU Students

The Certificate in College Teaching courses, PFF 530 and PFF 531, are free to all currently enrolled CGU students. The TNDY 430 course is four units and costs the regular tuition rate.

CGU Alumni

Alumni do not have to pay to use PFF's professional development options that include in-person and online appointments, as well as reviewing items like Teaching Philosophy statements, syllabi, and other teaching documents. 

Alumni who enroll with PFF to earn the Certificate in College Teaching courses have to pay a $50 processing fee per course for PFF 530 and PFF 531. The TNDY 430 course is four units and costs the regular tuition rate. Please email for more information at pff@cgu.edu

Non-CGU Participants

Non-CGU participants cannot earn the Certificate at this time. 


PFF Course Schedules PFF Course Schedules

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Register for our courses using your student portal. Registrations are first come, first served, and there is a waitlist if the course is full. See the CGU academic calendar for deadlines and summer schedule.

Summer 2020

PFF 530: Transdisciplinary Pedagogy for Ethical Education
Mondays, 4:00pm - 6:50pm
Online, Full Semester May 18 - August 22
Free to current CGU students, 0 units, S/U grade
First half of PFF College Teaching Certificate

TNDY 430: Transdisciplinary Pedagogy for Ethical Education
Mondays, 4:00pm - 6:50pm
Online, Full Semester, May 18 - August 22
First half of PFF College Teaching Certificate 
Same class as PFF 530 except:
- Regular Tuition Cost, 4 units, Letter grade

PFF 531: Teaching Practicum and Portfolio
Asynchronous, no days/times
Online, Full Semester, May 18 - August 22
Free to current CGU students, 0 units, S/U grade
Second half of PFF College Teaching Certificate

Fall 2020

PFF 530: Transdisciplinary Pedagogy for Ethical Education
Friday, 3:40PM - 6:30PM, Full Semester
Fully Online
Free to current CGU students, 0 units, S/U grade
First half of College Teaching Certificate

TNDY 430: Transdisciplinary Pedagogy for Ethical Education
Friday, 9:00AM - 11:50AM, Full Semester
​Fully Online
Regular tuition cost, 4 units, letter grade
First half of College Teaching Certificate

PFF 531: Teaching Practicum and Portfolio
Asynchronous, no days/times
​Fully Online, Full Semester
Free to current CGU students, 0 units, S/U grade
Second half of College Teaching Certificate

Spring 2021

PFF 530: Transdisciplinary Pedagogy for Ethical Education
Day/Time to be determined...
Free to current CGU students, 0 units, S/U grade
First half of College Teaching Certificate

TNDY 430: Transdisciplinary Pedagogy for Ethical Education
Day/Time to be determined...
Regular tuition cost, 4 units, letter grade
First half of College Teaching Certificate

PFF 531: Teaching Practicum and Portfolio
Asynchronous, no days/times
Online, Full Semester
Free to current CGU students, 0 units, S/U grade
Second half of College Teaching Certificate


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