Medical Educator

Professional Certificate for the Medical Educator

Professional Certificate for the Medical Educator

Online Program


9 months



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Focus your medical experience and insight, and learn to create a contemporary, student-centered curriculum specifically for adult learners. First, learn the various historical approaches and theories to teaching and curriculum design for adults. Then, discover how modern teaching involving students more, and teachers less, impacts your teaching strategy. Find tried-and-true methods for student assessment to create an interactive, reinforced learning environment. Then, develop a project exemplifying one of the methods learned for your own classroom use, and refine it through feedback and enhanced understanding before taking it, and other strategies, into your own classroom.

Designed For

Any healthcare professional with an AA degree wanting to expand their career into teaching students in a healthcare program or course.

What You'll Learn

  • Historical understandings of teaching and learning for adult students
  • How to blend theory and practice into a full curriculum
  • New methods to create a classroom environment focused on student learning rather than teacher-fronted lessons
  • How to empower students by involving them in self-assessment and best practices for evaluation
  • Reinforcement of your studies through a project that provides you feedback to use on developing your curriculum

What You Can Do With This Certificate

By earning this certificate, you validate your capability to benefit others with your experience and teaching know-how and can teach at various adult education centers or other continuing education programs geared for healthcare students.

Real People. Real Results.

“My experience at UCR Extension was great. My instructors worked in industry, not just academics, and were able to share real-world scenarios for the assignments we were learning and participating in. I took real-time experiences back to the office, and implemented the new knowledge immediately.”

Tracy Trettin

UCR School of Medicine
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Teaching and Learning Theory for Medical Education


2 units

Foundations of Curriculum for Medical Education


3 units

Quarter 2

Instructional Strategies in Medical Education


3 units

Assessment and Evaluation for Learning in Medical Education


3 units

Quarter 3

Teaching Practicum in Medical Education


1 unit

Instructor Spotlight

“Many health care professionals without any teaching experience find themselves working with learners. This program provides solid grounding in the area of teaching and learning and provides the skills needed to be an effective educator within a medical environment.”

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.

Director of Faculty Development
UCR School of Medicine
Riverside, CA

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