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The Teaching and Learning Certificate Program is an effort to assist in the recruitment, motivation, and preparation of clinical educators who can inspire students to advance the profession of pharmacy. Such an effort is now critical with the adoption of the all-Pharm.D. degree requirement; rapid changes in technology and society; a perhaps short-term window of opportunity to create new roles for pharmacy practitioners; and market forces militating against education as a profession. Innovative leadership is necessary to ensure there are sufficient and well-educated pharmacy educators to motivate and prepare students to perform current and emerging roles that pharmacists have assumed within health-care teams. The Teaching and Learning Certificate Program is unique in that it:

Teaching and Learning Certificate Program Graduates
Graduates of the Teaching and Learning Certificate Program, 2018 ACCP Global Conference
  • Offers live, interactive workshops presented by nationally-known faculty and preceptors.
  • Focuses on clinical education in both the didactic and experiential setting.
  • Provides a systematic/foundational core of educational principles and practices.
  • Incorporates opportunities for self-assessment, peer assessment, and feedback from a mentor.
  • Develops an online formative portfolio that enhances and documents each participant's progress during the program.
  • Provides a convenient and cost-efficient delivery of program courses by offering them during ACCP's spring and fall meetings on a recurring basis.
  • Allows participants to elect additional areas of study tailored to their specific instructional needs.
  • Awards a Certificate of Completion and official ACCP recognition once the participant completes the program requirements.
  • Syllabus  
  • Program Application  


The Teaching and Learning Certificate Program curriculum includes 16.0 hours of core modules, 6.0 hours of focus sessions and 4 hours of elective programming. The core modules consist of the following:

  • Live Required Core Modules (In-Person or Virtual)
    • Examining Outcomes, Standards, and Professional Competencies (2.0 hours)
    • Aligning Goals and Objectives with Outcomes, Standards, and Professional Competencies (2.0 hours)
    • Defining Success in Teaching, Learning, and Development (2.0 hours)
    • Adjusting for Success in Teaching, Learning, and Development (2.0 hours)
    • Preparing for the Personal and Professional Journey in Teaching, Learning, and Development (2.0 hours)
    • Designing the Teaching, Learning, and Development Environment (2.0 hours)
    • Closing the Loop in Teaching, Learning, and Development (2.0 hours)
    • Using Scholarship to Network Teaching, Learning, and Development (2.0 hours)
  • Live or On-Demand Required Focused Sessions (minimum of 6.0 hours)
    • Item Writing (2.0 hours)
    • Rubric Development (1.5 hours)
    • Best Practices in OSCE Development and Implementation (2.0 hours)
    • Teaching and Learning (Consultancy) (1.5 hours)
  • Elective Programming (minimum 4 hours)
    • Live
      • Education and Training PRN Focus Session — Paving the Road for Success - Early Intervention Strategies to Prevent Student Remediation (ACCP 2022 Global Conference) /li>
      • Moving Forward with Remote Experiential Education (ACCP 2022 Global Conference)
    • On-Demand (minimum of 4 hours)
      • Exam Item Analysis: Improving Reliability of Your Testing (1.0 hours)
      • In development (1.0 hours)
      • In development (1.0 hours)
      • In development (1.0 hours)

For complete information on each module, including the date/location of live offerings, module description, learning objectives, required reading, and portfolio assignments, consult the 2022-2023 Schedule.

Certificate Requirements

Teaching and Learning Certificate Program participants must complete required reading, 20.0 hours of required modules and 8.0 hours of electives. Participants must complete the prerequisite module, Teaching and Learning Primer, prior to receiving credit for any other required modules. Modules 1-3 must be taken in sequential order, as programming is designed to build upon knowledge gained from the previous module. Electives may be completed and anytime throughout the program. Each participant will have 2 years to complete the certificate program.

In addition to completing the 20.0 hours of required modules and 8.0 hours, each participant must assemble a formative portfolio containing teaching philosophy, teaching products, self-assessments, and peer or mentor assessments. Portfolio development will be initiated following completion of the Teaching and Learning Primer. Portfolio assignments must be completed by August 15th of the intended year of graduation. Each of the three remaining modules will help participants further develop future teaching materials for the portfolio.

Participants are required to recruit a mentor, preferably from their own institutions, to provide guidance and feedback for the portfolio. For more information about the certificate requirements, accessing the portfolio and required reading, view the syllabus.

Enrollment and Program Costs

To apply for the Teaching and Learning Certificate Program, apply online or download the program application form. Fees for the ACCP Teaching and Learning Certificate Program have been established with today's institutional budget in mind. A one-time application fee of $399.95 for members and $699.95 for nonmembers (to offset expenses for online portfolio maintenance) will be charged upon enrollment in the program. Your enrollment fee includes access to all programming requirements virtually including the prerequisite modules, modules 1, 2, and 3, and electives. All programming will be delivered live via Zoom and recordings made available to participants in your ACCP Account.

Three-Month Grace Period: Required and elective programming completed three months prior to enrollment, will apply towards the certificate.

Questions? Visit the FAQs page or contact Wendy Staab.



Other Resources

In addition to the Teaching and Learning Certificate Program of the ACCP Academy, ACCP also offers these additional teaching and learning resources.

Books of Interest
Check out the ACCP Bookstore for member discounts on classic teaching references as well as contemporary literature to guide you toward your full teaching potential.

Guide to Mentoring
To aid your mentoring experience, review the article “A Guide to Mentoring—and to Being Mentored” written by Robert E. Smith, Pharm.D., Chair of the ACCP Academy Leadership and Management Steering Committee. A sample mentor request letter is provided.