Earn a Professional Development Certificate


If you have previously taken PFF professional development workshops:

The current iteration of the PFF program is new. It is still being developed and refined to give you effective and comprehensive professional development. Current certificate requirements, therefore, might be different to those in place when you went through the PFF program. We will do our best to honor past program requirements in providing you with a professional development certificate. Please contact the program director, Dr. Shamini Dias, to discuss your case. 

  Requirements for PFF Professional Development Certificate

Teaching and Learning Design (TLD). 4 mandatory workshops and 6 elective workshops.

  • Mandatory Workshops: Student Learning Outcomes; Assessment, Feedback, & Rubrics; Syllabus Design; Teaching philosophy Statement. These 4 workshops enable you to work on writing a comprehensive sample syllabus and your teaching statement for your portfolio.
  • Elective Workshops: Any 6 teaching topic workshops

Technology Integration Workshops. A minimum of 4 workshops.

Career Development Workshops. A minimum of 4 workshops.

Teaching Practicum. A minimum of 4 teaching sessions. See guidelines below.


The PFF Professional Development Certificate: 5 Steps At Your Own Pace


Click HERE to register with the PFF program


After we have received your registration form, we will enrol you into our PFF Canvas learning platform. We will send you a link that you can use to activate your enrolment.

Once you are in the Canvas environment, you will be able to access workshop materials, log your reflections and feedback after each workshop, and track your progress through the PFF program. This, thus, gives you maximum flexibility to move through the program at your own pace.


Participate in workshops at CGU as well as Honnold Library. Check out the schedule of workshops on the PFF Workshop Schedule Page


Participate at your convenience. You can take workshops through the entire time you are enrolled at CGU and beyond. You will be able to track your progress through the PFF Canvas platform.


When you have completed all requirements for the PFF certificate, submit your e-portfolio to PFF. After verification against our records, you will be awarded a PFF Professional Development Certificate.

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 Teaching Practicum Guidelines

In order to earn your professional development certificate, you must show evidence of teaching, teaching observation, and reflection.

We understand that teaching opportunities and contexts can vary widely. We will work with you to work out the most efficient and effective way for you to complete the practicum requirements on a case by case basis. Please contact the program Director, Shamini Dias, in order to discuss any necessary modifcations to your practicum process. 


Find a formal instructional role to use as your PFF Practicum. This can be:
  1. A minimum of one semester in a formal teaching role that takes place AFTER you enrol in the PFF program (i.e. previous experience is not applicable). A formal instructional role means that you are the main instructor of a class, or that you are the main facilitator leading short courses, seminars, or workshops that meet regularly through a semester.
  2. Guest lecturer or workshop leader in a college level class for a minimum of four contact hours that are spread out through a term or semester. Consecutive sessions do not count (for example, two 2-hour sessions in a week), as you will need time between sessions to reflect on feedback and refine your teaching.
  3. Teaching Assistant work that involves actual instruction. TAships that only involve grading, office hours, and administrative tasks cannot be considered as a formal instructional role.
  4. Other teaching situations in which you have a formal instructional role may be considered on a case by case basis through consultation with the Director.

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In your role as instructor, arrange to be observed and receive brief written feedback from two different observers on two different teaching sessions. These should be spread out over a semester rather than be consecutive sessions.

Observers can be any of the following:
  1. Faculty from your department or related program. If you are guest lecturing, it would be helpful (and convenient) to be observed by the faculty member whose class you are teaching as guest instructor, if they are willing to do so. An observation guide will be provided for faculty use for this purpose.
  2. Peer observers from your program as approved by the PFF Director. Peer observers will be given brief training and an observation guide to use.
Use the observation feedback to refine your teaching and fill in the post-observation reflection form.

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Arrange to conduct a minimum of 2 observations of faculty or graduate students teaching with their permission. These should be spread out over a period of time rather than be consecutive sessions. These should ideally be of two different instructors rather than two observations of the same instructor. Before you do this, participate in a teaching clinic session to understand how to engage in a teaching observation process in order to reflect and learn about teaching.

You can combine being observed and observing teaching by working with your peers through the Teaching Clinics program. This will facilitate opportunities to observe and learn from each other’s teaching. A Teaching Clinic for this purpose requires three graduate students who are teaching and will use the following process:

  1. Attend a training session on how to engage in peer teaching observation
  2. Each person will observe one class taught by their Teaching Clinic partners, i.e. 2 observations.
  3. Write a reflection on each observation.
  4. Share reflections with your group and consolidate ideas and insights about teaching.

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