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PFF College Teaching Certificate PFF College Teaching Certificate


 The PFF College Teaching Certificate 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 College Teaching Certificate 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 Certificate

Please note that Enrollment & Registration are separate. Enrollment is not required to attend sessions.

See the Program Syllabus for detailed information.

PFF Teaching Certificate Requirements

Orientation - Online

The orientation is an overview of reflective practice, key concepts, and instructions.

Module 1: Foundations of Inclusive Pedagogy

These sessions 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.

*Summer Only: Teaching Philosophy & Diversity Statement Design
*Summer Only: Syllabus Design
Portfolio Review 1

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

Module 2: Inclusive Facilitation

These sessions 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.

*Summer Only: Active Learning in the Classroom

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

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
Reflection: 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 sessions 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 sessions 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 PFF Certificate Program is designed to be completed over the course of two semesters. That said, we realize that your timeline may need adjustment on occasion, and your PFF advisor will work with you to make those adjustments. We are invested in your success in this program, and the PFF team is ready to support you.

4. What if I already have teaching experience and just want to take some sessions. Can I take sessions 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 sessions 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 sessions.

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. 


If there are too many people to fit in the session, participants who registered/RSVPed first will be given priority. You can register on our website.


The following CGU forms are needed in the PFF Certificate Program:

  • Change of Degree Form when enrolling in the program.
  • Intent to Receive Degree/Certificate Form in the semester you are completing the PFF Certificate.
  • Final Approval Form during the Exit Interview when you complete the PFF Certificate.

See the CGU website to see when forms are due to graduate with the Certificate ( and to download the forms ( The timing of this submission determines if your Certificate will be issued in Spring, Summer, or Fall.

Session Attendance

Session attendance is tracked through sign-in sheets. It is very important that you sign in at every session so that we are able to give you credit for attendance. You must also attend the entire session in order for you to receive attendance credit, even if you have signed in.

For summer intensives, if you register for a Module and miss more than one session, your student account will be charged a $50 fee.


Everyone enrolled in the PFF Certificate Program has a PFF Fellow peer-advisor. You will be notified who your advisor is in the welcome email you receive after enrolling. You can also email if you ever forget your advisor's name or email.

Your advisor's primary goal is to support you in sustaining engagement and moving your work forward toward completing the Certificate. Please get to know them and work with them to stay on track and make progress.

  • Your advisor will periodically email you to check-in and remind you of deadlines.
  • They will provide feedback on your Portfolio review and your drafts.
  • They are your point person for information, resources, and advice on your work and progress through the program.

While your advisor is your primary point of contact, please do not hesitate to contact the PFF administrator at or any other member of the PFF team if you have any concerns or questions.

Making Progress

The PFF Certificate Program is designed to be completed over the course of two semesters. To assist you in achieving this goal, submitting your assignments four weeks after attending the related modules will ensure that you receive consistent and timely feedback and prevent delays or restarts. That said, we realize that your timeline may need adjustment on occasion, and your PFF advisor will work with you to make those adjustments. We are invested in your success in this program, and the PFF team is ready to support you.

Deadline For Certificate Items

Portfolio Review links are due one week after each Module's sessions are over. This critical step allows us to give you feedback to ensure you are prepared to continue building the Certificate items you began during the module sessions.  Maintaining your Portfolio as you move through the modules will make it much easier on yourself, and much easier to submit for review one week after each module is finished.

All other assignments for Modules 1 and 2 are due four weeks after each Module's sessions are finished.

There are no deadlines for Module 3 or Capstone assignments, as by this time, you are working independently with your peer advisor to complete the program.

Please note: If you are not able to submit your item drafts in time, we will not be able to give you the timely feedback you need to revise your drafts and complete your items. Since this is a drafting process, we encourage you to submit your items no matter how rough your drafts are; this is a concrete step toward finishing.


Items are marked Incomplete while you are in the drafting process. Incomplete is not a negative assessment, it is only a placeholder to show that you are working on your drafts (Canvas doesn't have a "draft" option in feedback). Once your item has been developed to completion as you work with the PFF team, we will direct you to submit your final formatted copy to the assignment in the Capstone Module for our records.

Our commitment to you is to provide timely feedback that you can apply to revise and move your drafts to completion. Our goal is to give you feedback to your drafts within 15 business days of your submission.

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