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Teaching Practicum Credit Policy

Summary

Doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) students will be awarded Teaching Practicum credit for assisting with courses only when they are involved in an instructional role, not solely administrative roles.

Policy

Policy statement

Doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) students will be awarded Teaching Practicum credit for assisting with courses only when they are involved in an instructional role involving application of knowledge and skills that they possess that their students do not. Performance of solely administrative tasks in support of a course is considered insufficient to receive Teaching Practicum credit.

Background

PharmD students play an important role in assisting with the instruction of other students at UCSF. Many PharmD students serve as teaching assistants in core didactic courses. Recognition of the time put forth in these efforts is achieved through the awarding of credit to these students through enrollment in CP 196, Teaching Practicum. The expectation is that students performing in role are utilizing particular knowledge and skills that they possess that the students they are instructing do not. Students may also assist faculty in elective courses. In some cases, they bring relevant knowledge and skills to their roles. In other cases, the student’s role is largely organizational: they assist in setting the schedule for the course, contacting lecturers, arranging course sessions, and assisting with assessments. These activities are valuable and in some cases enable course directors to offer a course they might not otherwise be able to support. However, solely administrative activities do not meet the criteria set forth in for the Teaching Practicum course and thus should not qualify a student for CP 196 credit.

Applicability

This policy applies to all Doctor of Pharmacy students.

Definitions

Responsibility

  • Office of Educational and Instructional Support (OEIS)
    OEIS will be responsible for ensuring that course directors are aware of this policy when discussing with course directors the roles of PharmD students participating in instructional activities for their courses.
  • Office of Student Affairs and Curricular Affairs (OSACA)
    OSACA will be responsible for ensuring students interested in instructional activities are aware of this policy and how it might pertain to their teaching efforts.
  • Educational Policy Committee (EPC)
    EPC will be responsible for review of this policy to ensure it is meeting its specified goals.

Procedures

Students interested in participating in instructional activities associated with course credit should discuss with their course director enrolling in CP 196 with the course’s director as the faculty of record. Questions as to whether a student’s role qualifies for CP 196 should be directed to OSACA which may bring the matter to EPC for a decision.

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