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A Teaching & Learning Certificate program with a self-paced, customizable curriculum to personalize your learning goals

Created by UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Center for Innovative Pharmacy Education and Research (CIPHER), the NEW Teaching & Learning Certificate program sets the standard for online learning. Taught by renowned educators, the course delivers a world-class curriculum focused on evidence-based teaching and learning strategies.

Your Program. Your Time. Your Pace.

The asynchronous course certification requires 6 core skill modules, along with 4 special topic modules to complete at your pace over 18 months. Course logistics include:

Core Skills

  • Foundation of Learning
  • Assessing Learning Needs
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Designing the Learning Experience – Classroom
  • Designing the Learning Experience – Experiential
  • Facilitation and Feedback

Your Choice

Select 4 of 15 special topic modules to customize your experience in areas of technology education, evidence-based teaching strategies, academic integrity or advanced preceptor topics.

The course completes with a practicum where you apply the learned knowledge and reflect on the program experience. Download the syllabus

To learn more about the TLC program, watch this video.


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Subject: Teaching & Learning Certificate Program

Institution: UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Program Type: On-demand, self-paced

Curriculum: Total of 10 modules, plus practicum

Total Hours: 15 hrs

Mentor: Encouraged, but not required

Completion: Within 18 months from registration

Level: Postgraduate

Credits: 15 CE credits

Certificate: Provided electronically upon completion of requirements

Language: English

Video Transcript: English

How long will it take me to complete the program?

It is anticipated it will take a minimum of 15 hours to complete the required modules. Actual time spent will depend on your learning process, how in-depth your meetings with your mentor are, and how involved your teaching practicum experience is.

Do I have to attend any live or synchronous sessions?

No. TLC is fully asynchronous and available 24/7. This means you can complete your learning whenever your schedule allows. Completion of the teaching practicum experience will need to be either in-person or virtually at your existing practice site.

What is required to complete the teaching practicum experience?

The practicum is a culminating activity or capstone project which requires you to apply evidence-based teaching and learning strategies acquired during the program. Your practicum can consist of any teaching activity from your current practice or educational environment such as a presentation or lecture, rotation experience, student supervision, or patient education. It is expected you will solicit feedback on your teaching from peers or higher and/or recipients as well as your mentor (optional, but highly encouraged). Feedback received should be reflected upon and will be included in the module quiz through questions focused on self-examination of the process, assessment of your success and professional development, feedback received, and future opportunities for continued improvement.

How are the modules structured?

Each module consists of a video presentation or article(s). Participants are responsible for learning the material presented and will be assessed through quizzes. Participants must obtain a score of 80% or higher to pass the module.

How do I obtain my CE credit through ACPE?

After completion of all modules, you will be sent a link to the program evaluation. We ask that you complete the evaluation within 7 days of completing the modules. After you complete the program evaluation, your continuing education credit of 15 hours will be submitted to CPE Monitor. It could take up to 2 weeks for credit to be reflected in your CPE Monitor account.

Am I required to have a mentor?

You are not required to select a mentor as a requirement of the program, although, we highly encourage you to select one. Your mentor will assist you in developing and assessing your learning plan and in applying what you are learning in the program by providing feedback on your teaching. Their feedback and guidance will be especially valuable in completion of the practicum.

What makes a good mentor and what is their role?

To optimize the learning experience, mentors should meet with their mentee at least twice during the program. These meetings should occur around the development of the learning plan and the completion of the practicum. They should provide feedback on the learning plan and suggest ways in which goals can be accomplished. They should also provide input on the planned practicum and should review and comment on feedback provided by recipients/peers to help in assessing the teaching experience.

Participants are encouraged to find a mentor in their institution which should be someone who is committed to the role of mentoring, accepting of the beginning teacher, skilled at providing support, effective in interpersonal contexts and models continuous learning.

What if I have questions after I start the program?

Questions can be sent to

Whether you are a faculty member, a preceptor, a resident or work in a non-academic clinical pharmacy, our Teaching & Learning Certificate Program can help you achieve the professional advancement goals that are important to you


Clinical Pharmacists and Preceptors

  • Apply evidence-based teaching strategies to improve trainee and patient education
  • Learn teaching strategies to put evidence-based learning into practice immediately
  • Add value to your team’s professional development by developing your facilitation and feedback skills
  • Improve team performance through the application of evidence-based cooperative learning techniques
  • Achieve your professional development goals with an on-demand curriculum

Pharmacy Educators (Faculty and Preceptors)

  • Attain the next level of classroom and experiential teaching competency
  • Become an education scholar at the forefront of today’s evidence-based teaching practices
  • Reach your professional development goals through on-demand skill building
  • Learn best practices for facilitation and feedback to better advance your students’ learning outcomes
  • Explore using the newest technology to improve the classroom and clinical experience


  • Apply knowledge, skills, and insights to stand out in your residency program
  • Personalize the course program to expand your career growth opportunities
  • Put evidence-based teaching and learning strategies into practice immediately
  • Apply experiential learning practices to improve your team’s performance
  • Personalize your professional learning goals with an on-demand curriculum that fits your time-challenged schedule


Meet our renowned faculty educators


Adam Persky, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Professional Eduction Professor

Adam Persky, Ph.D., has multiple teaching awards and was named an Atlantic Coast Conference Teaching Scholar and a Distinguished Teaching Scholar by the AACP.


Jacqui McLaughlin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director, Center for Innovative Pharmacy Education and Research (CIPhER)

Jacqui McLaughlin, Ph.D., has published more than 100 peer-reviewed education articles spanning a wide range of teaching and learning topics.

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