Teach for UCSF Certificate Program

Improve the quality and depth of the teaching skills of UCSF faculty.

The program creates defined educational paths so that individuals can develop focused teaching skills and receive a certificate in recognition of achievement. The program is popular with faculty, residents, fellows, and volunteer clinical professors at UCSF and at affiliated institutions. Participants complete specific sets of UCSF Educational Skills Workshops. Credit toward the certificate is given after a demonstration of competence through assessments that are completed during each workshop.

Currently, certificate tracks include:


The Teach for UCSF Certificate Program aims to:

  • Provide an accessible way for faculty and trainees to discover and pursue an interest in improving their educational skills.
  • Develop faculty with depth of expertise in specific teaching theme areas.
  • Increase the capacity and satisfaction of UCSF faculty as educators.
  • Publicly recognize faculty who improve their educational skills.
  • Create a skilled educator community that is able to support ongoing curricular renewal.
Program Details

We expect participants in the Teach for UCSF Certificate Program to:

  • Participate actively in workshops to attain learning objectives.

  • Demonstrate acquisition of skills by completing an online skills assessment exercise during each workshop.

  • Set personal goals for applying the skills learned in their own practice setting.

Active Participation
All UCSF Educational Skills Workshops involve hands-on activities for practicing educational skills. Participation in these activities is the basis of developing both knowledge and competence, and benefits the UCSF teaching and learning community.

Demonstration of Skills
Demonstration of skills is required for CE credit and for a workshop to count toward a certificate. Participants demonstrate skills by completing and submitting a skills assessment exercise at each workshop.

Setting Skills Practice Goals
At each workshop, participants build a personal Educational Action Plan to put newly acquired skills to use.

Successful progress depends on a few simple guidelines:

  • Be eligible for the program.

  • Enroll in at least one certificate program.

  • Register in advance for workshops, and cancel at least a week in advance if need be. 

  • Make progress toward completion of a certificate at a suggested pace of 2-3 workshops per year.

  • Receive recognition for certificate completion.

The Teach for UCSF Certificate Program is available to all current paid and volunteer clinical, basic science, and social science faculty at UCSF and affiliated institutions, as well as to future faculty such as UCSF residents, fellows, and post-docs. Staff who work with learners, or with faculty in teaching roles, may find this applicable to their work.

Submit an enrollment form online to enroll in one or more certificate programs. There is no obligation involved with enrollment, but enrollment is required to obtain a certificate. Upon enrollment, participants receive a worksheet to track their progress, and links to help them find upcoming workshops.

Workshop Registration, Locations, and Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit
Access the workshop schedule for description and learning objectives for each workshop, and registration details. Certain workshops are repeated on a yearly cycle, others rotate on a two- or three-year cycle. Workshops are offered at UC San Francisco Parnassus campus and at selected affiliated teaching sites. We encourage advance registration in workshops to reduce the likelihood of a workshop cancellation due to low enrollment. There is no charge for workshops, and workshops carry CME/CE credit for eligible health professionals. Learning materials from selected workshops are available for review on the Continual Professional Learning space (CPL) along with the skills-assessment forms that are used for demonstrating skills during a workshop, and tools for self-assessment in real life teaching settings.

Progress and Completion
Required workshops are listed on the Teach for UCSF Certificate page on the CPL space. Transcripts of workshops taken are twice annually to enrolled participants. Requirements for a certificate should be completed at a suggested pace of 2-3 workshops each year. Time investment can be as little as 8 hours per year. Participation in select UCSF Educational Skills Workshops after January 2009 may retroactively count towards certificate requirements. Email cfe@ucsf.edu for details.

We notify certificate awardees and their department chairs about completion twice per year, in February and August, with a letter and an invitation to an annual awards ceremony.