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:
- General Teaching: Beginning in 2022, applicants to the Teaching Scholars Program must hold a Teach for UCSF Certificate in General Teaching.
- Clinical Teaching
- Simulation Teaching Workshops
- Interprofessional Teaching Workshops
- Teaching Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QI/PS)
- Education Leadership
- Teaching for Equity and Inclusion (NEW)
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.
We expect participants in the Teach for UCSF Certificate Program to:
- Be eligible for the program. Refer to Policies.
Participate actively in workshops to attain learning objectives. 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.
- Complete prerequisites before registering for a workshop. Some of our advanced workshops build on prior knowledge, skills, and attitudes. See the certificate requirements for details.
Demonstrate the acquisition of skills by completing an online skills assessment exercise during each workshop. Demonstration of skills is required to receive credit for taking the workshop. Participants demonstrate skills by completing and submitting a skills assessment exercise at each workshop.
Set personal goals for applying the skills learned in their own practice setting. At each workshop, participants build a personal Education Action Plan to put newly acquired skills to use. Learning materials from selected workshops are available for review on the Continual Professional Learning space (CPL), along with tools for self-assessment in real life teaching settings.
Get involved in developing your specialized teaching skills with these steps:
- Enroll in one or more certificates by completing an enrollment form online. There is no obligation involved with enrollment, but enrollment is required to obtain a certificate. With enrollment, participants will receive a worksheet to track their progress, links to help them find upcoming workshops, and occasional emails about upcoming workshops.
- Register in advance for workshops via the workshop schedule or the Teach for UCSF Participant Portal pages. Space is limited. We encourage advance registration in workshops to be sure you can get a spot. Please cancel early if you can no longer attend.
- Make progress in the certificate at a suggested pace of 2-3 workshops per year Required workshops are listed on the Teach for UCSF Certificate Portal. Time investment can be as little as 8 hours per year.
- Track your participation with transcripts. Enrolled participants receive transcripts twice annually with a list of workshops taken. A separate transcript is sent for each certificate track you enroll in.
- Receive Recognition. We recognize the significant time and effort it takes to develop specialized educational skills. We notify participants and their department chairs about certificate completion twice per year, in February and August, with a letter and an invitation to an annual awards ceremony to celebrate the achievement.
- Eligibility Teach for UCSF Certificate Program enrollment is available to all who teach or will teach UCSF students, residents, fellows, and post-docs at UCSF and affiliated institutions. UCSF staff who find the program relevant to their work may participate.
- Priority in workshop registration is given to those who teach UCSF learners and those participating in the Teach for UCSF Certificate Program or CFE longitudinal faculty development programs.
- Cost There is no charge for workshops except for weekend Accelerated Path offerings. (link to accelerated Path webpage)
- Frequency Certain workshops are repeated once or a few times yearly, others rotate on a two- or three-year cycle.
- Location Workshops are normally offered at or near UC San Francisco campuses and at selected affiliated teaching sites. Due to COVID-19 restrictions our interactive workshops may be via video-conference only.
- CE/CME Credit Workshops carry CME/CE credit for eligible health professionals.