AL&L Medical Educators CERT


The Teachers College, Columbia University Advanced Certificate in Adult Learning and Leadership for Medical Educators is an innovative new for-credit program designed for forward-thinking medical educators looking to elevate their instructional and leadership skills.

The first of its kind in the greater New York City area, the 10-credit, New York State-approved program will focus on advancing knowledge and mastery in critical areas for medical educators, including adult learning, leadership, facilitation, innovative learning and applied research methodologies. The program has been developed – and will be taught – by the college’s experienced faculty and practitioners in adult learning and leadership. It will concentrate on knowledge and skills that have been identified through research and practice as critical for those concerned with and working in medical education. A team of physician advisors will assist in ensuring the curriculum establishes a powerful bridge between theory and applied practice.

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Admissions Information

Displaying requirements for the Spring 2024, Summer 2024, and Fall 2024 terms.

Advanced Certificate

  • Points/Credits: 10
  • Entry Terms: N/A

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Final): N/A

* *Program is not accepting applications for the 2024 cycle*

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Academic Writing Sample
  • Copy of Medical License
  • Medical Degree Transcript

Requirements from the TC Catalog (AY 2023-2024)

Displaying catalog information for the Fall 2023, Spring 2024 and Summer 2024 terms.

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The Advanced Certificate in Adult Learning and Leadership for Medical Educators is a 10-credit, New York State-approved certificate. The program is designed for allopathic physicians (MDs) and/or osteopathic physicians (DOs) who wish to elevate their instructional and leadership skills. The program concentrates on developing knowledge and skills in needs assessment, learning design and facilitation, educational research, and organizational change.

The certificate program is designed around a collaborative action research learning model that integrates conceptual knowledge grounded in the science of adult learning, coupled with real-world experience and practice. Students will learn research skills in coursework and will work in teams with other physicians to apply what they learn to current professional challenges of their choice. They will learn how to create and nurture communities of practice (professional learning communities) with colleagues and peers within and across disciplines and specialties.

The targeted participants are physician faculty, primarily in academic medicine, as they are learning leaders for other physicians in training, residents, fellows and colleagues, as well as the teams with which they work.

Physician participants will complete the 10 credits during one academic year (two courses in the Fall and two courses in the Spring semesters) in a hybrid format: four face-to-face meetings one Saturday a month in each semester, complemented by asynchronous web-based interaction before and after the face-to-face sessions.

Each semester, one course will meet three hours in the morning, and the other course will meet three hours in the afternoon. Modules in the Fall include “ORLD 4053: Facilitating adult learning” and “ORLD 5023: Leadership and self-development.” Courses in the Spring include “ORLD 6914: Learning communities” and “ORLD 5073: Action learning design and coaching."

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