CUST: Certificate in University Science Teaching

photo: UNM HSC students in the anatomy labAbout the CUST Program

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine is internationally recognized for educational innovation and superb educational resources. Accordingly, the Certificate Program in University Science Teaching (CUST) is one of a handful of programs in the country that offers biomedical scientists formal training in education and teaching. Please read this article to learn more about the value and popularity of teaching certificate programs nationwide.

The certificate program and individual courses are open to PhD students in the Biomedical Sciences and related fields as well as ASERT Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of New Mexico.

For further information about optional coursework, teaching opportunities, and topics for individual projects, please review our brochure or contact Dr. David Peabody.

CUST Program Goals

Photo: UNM HSC students in anatomy classThrough the CUST, trainees acquire a critical background in pedagogical theory, gain practical teaching experience, and apply innovative educational approaches. Creative, critical thinking, and communication skills are developed, which are highly transferable to research and other arenas.

photo: UNM HSC anatomy labCUST Program Expectations

Fifteen credit hours are divided among coursework, workshops, hands-on teaching apprenticeships, and an independent scholarly educational project. Elective credit hours provide the flexibility to tailor the program to meet individual goals and needs. Documentation of teaching activities, along with a statement of teaching philosophy and self-reflective journal are collated in a Teaching Portfolio. CUST graduates have demonstrably enhanced competitiveness to pursue a wide range of careers that require effective communication, teaching, mentoring and assessing others.