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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 for more information.

Please note that there is a separate RSVP link under the Workshops tab to RSVP for workshops. Enrollment is not required to attend workshops.

 Enroll in the PFF Teaching Certificate

PFF Teaching Certificate Requirements

0. Orientation

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

1. Mandatory Workshops • Five Workshops (9 three-hour sessions)

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.

Mandatory Workshops 1 & 2: The Teacher as Leader
This set of workshops begin the process of surfacing, exploring, and developing a teaching philosophy.

Reflection A is written at the end of this set of workshops. Participants begin working independently with the PFF team on their Teaching Philosophy Statement for the Portfolio.

Mandatory Workshops 3 & 4: The Teacher as Designer
These workshops begin development of course and syllabus design.

Reflection B is written at the end of this set of workshops. Participants begin working independently with the PFF team on their Syllabus design for the Portfolio.
Participants also attend a Teaching Clinic to begin their Practicum items.

Mandatory Clinic: The Teacher as Facilitator
This workshop is a hands on session to begin understanding facilitation of active learning.

Reflection C is written at the end of this workshop. Participants begin working independently with the PFF team on their Lesson Plan in preparation for the Teaching Demonstration.

2. Elective Workshops • Nine Workshops (9 three-hour long sessions)

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, group projects, contemplative pedagogy strategies, and technology integration.

After each set of three workshops, participants write a reflection that synthesizes what they learned in the workshops in connection to their emerging values, beliefs, goals, and methods as an educator.

3. Portfolio Items

  • Teaching Philosophy Statement
  • Syllabus

4. Practicum Items

  • Undergraduate Teaching Observation
  • Undergraduate Teaching Practice
  • Informational Interview with Early Career Faculty
  • Informational Interview with Experienced Faculty

5. Capstone Items: Teacher-Scholar Website & Final Reflective Essay

Participants develop a teacher-scholar showcase website and write a Final Reflective Essay looking back at their experience with the PFF program.

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.

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 attendance sign-in sheets. If you do not sign the attendance sheet you might not be given credit for attendance or allowed to submit a reflection for that workshop.

You must attend the entire workshop or your name will be removed from the attendance sheet.


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


Reflections are due two weeks after you attend the required workshops for the reflection.

For Mandatory Workshops, Reflection A is due two weeks after you attend M2b and Reflection B is due two weeks after you attend M4b. 

For Elective Workshops, reflections are due two weeks after you attend your third, sixth, and ninth Elective Workshop.

For the Mandatory Clinic, Reflection C is due two weeks after you attend the clinic. 

One extension is permitted per reflection if you request one via You must specify your new deadline date and what workshops the extension cover. No further extension will be given.

If you attend a workshop(s) but do not submit a reflection by the deadline or your extension deadline, you must attend the workshop(s) again to receive credit.

Exception: If you have only attended one or two elective workshops, you can wait until the next semester to attend the rest of the electives you need to write your reflection (thee electives per reflection). 

Reflections that do not meet our reflective practice guidelines will be marked for revision and resubmission.

Mandatory Workshop Series

We require two reflections for the Mandatory Workshop Series. Before writing Reflection A, you must have attended M1a, M1b, M2a, & M2b. 

Before writing Reflection B, you must have attended M2a, M2b, M4a, & M4b. 

Mandatory Clinic

We require one reflections for the Mandatory Clinic. You can only write Reflection C after attending the clinic. 

Elective Workshop Series

We require three reflections for the Elective Workshop Series. One reflection will be required after attending your third, sixth, and ninth elective workshop. This totals nine workshops and three reflections needed to complete all Elective Workshop requirements. (See Summer Intensive Policies for summer workshops.)

Certificate Completion

You should be able to complete the Certificate in three semesters. If you are inactive for six months, we will reach out to you. Beyond this time, 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 Certificate items.

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

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.

Summer Intensive Policies

If you are attending the summer intensive to receive credit toward the PFF Certificate in College Teaching, please take note of the policies below. These policies only apply for the Summer Intensive.

Elective Workshop Policies

We require three reflections for the Elective Workshops. One reflection will be required after attending three workshops, for a total of nine workshops and three reflections, to complete all Elective Workshop requirements.

To complete your reflections requirement for Elective workshops for the summer, you can write a single consolidated reflection (feel free to experiment with form). To do this, you must attend one of the Friday Synthesis Workshop sessions that will guide you in synthesizing the workshops you attended.

Option 1 - Complete all Elective Requirements
(Attend 9 Workshops)

If you attend eight elective workshops, plus one of the synthesis workshops (on Friday), you can choose to fulfill a single synthesis reflection that will count for all three required elective reflections. All your elective requirements toward the certificate will be complete.

8 Workshops + Synthesis Workshop = one reflection to meet all elective requirements

Option 2 - Complete 2 of 3 Elective Requirements
(Attend 6 Workshops)

If you attend five elective workshops, plus one of the synthesis workshops (on Friday), you can choose to fulfill a single synthesis reflection that will count for two required elective reflections.

5 Workshops + Synthesis workshop = one reflection to meet two reflection requirements

Option 3 - Regular Reflection Requirements
(Attend any number of Workshops)

You can attend as many workshops as you would like and fulfill the standard reflection requirement (one reflection per three workshops).

Certificate FAQs Certificate FAQs


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

YES. This is why we have designed a modular, flexible program. 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 Certificate?

The Certificate is free and open to all enrolled CGU students.

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

The program is self-paced. The program is modular and flexible 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 PFF Portfolio and Practicum (teaching practice and observation)? Can I begin before completing all the workshops?

Yes. You begin the Practicum and Portfolio modules after completing the Mandatory 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.

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