Teaching Skills

Gain valuable teaching skills for your future career

Interested in sharing your knowledge with others? Want to become a faculty member at a teaching-focused institution? UNMC Graduate Studies has a variety of opportunities for you to obtain and grow the teaching skills needed to thrive as an educator.

Non-Credit Opportunities  
  • Teaching Online: Course Design, Delivery, and Teaching Presence

    The Teaching Online certificate course ensures you have the skills needed to teach in the online (and traditional) environment effectively. Major topics covered are course design, teaching to online and adult learners, creating appropriate learning content and assessments, utilizing student and course feedback, syllabus design, creating instructor presence for a successful online course, and more.

    The four-week, online course held in the spring allows you to participate as a student while also demonstrating the proper techniques for teaching online. The time commitment for the course is 3-5 hours per week and learning assessments include assignments, short quizzes, and discussion boards. Contact the course instructor for more information.

    Teaching Launchpad Series

    Teaching Launchpad, taught by the UNMC Interprofessional Academy of Educators, is designed for all UNMC health sciences faculty, staff and students who are new to teaching or assuming a new teaching role. The program covers Course Development, Assessment & Evaluation, Teaching Strategies, and Educational Scholarship. Contact the Academy for more information.

  • Go2Knowledge Webinars

    Go2Knowledge, offered through the UNMC Office of Faculty Development, is a national online training platform designed to provide on-demand instruction for the on-the-go learner. With Go2Knowledge, you have access to 100+ live and recorded webinars. Watch webinars on-demand for just-in-time learning or register for a live webinar to learn with others in real-time. 

    Graduate Studies Lunch & Learn Workshops and Seminars

    Taking place on the third Thursday of the fall and spring semesters, the Professional Development Lunch & Learn Series provides you with various seminar topics to help develop professional skills. Topic categories include careers, communication, financial, organizational skills, teaching and wellness.

    Interprofessional Academy of Educators Membership

    Want to learn from some of the best educators on campus? The Interprofessional Academy of Educators connects you will members across the state who offer mentoring and guidance on education best practices, scholarly activities, and more. Contact the Academy to learn how you can join as a Learner Member.

Credit Opportunities  

Courses to Help You Prepare for a Faculty Career

The Health Practice & Medical Education Research (HPME) program offers a variety of teaching-focused courses. Each one is typically three credit hours. Some examples of courses include:

  • HPME 801 Foundations of Health Professions Education
  • HPME 802 Instructional Design for Health Professions Education
  • HPME 803 Integrating Technology into Health Professions Curriculum
  • HPME 804 Multimedia and Emerging Technologies for Learning in The Health Professions
  • HPME 805 Evaluation and Assessment of Teaching and Learning in Health Professions Education
  • HPME 820 Distance Education in Health Professions Education
  • HPME 821 Fundamentals of Adult Learning in Health Professions Education
  • HPME 822 Cognitive Psychology Applied to Health Professions Education

Teaching Theory and Practicum Courses

Several learning opportunities are also offered through Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy (GCBA) courses, including:

  • GCBA 906 Teaching Theory and Application
  • GCBA 907 Teaching and Research Presentation Skills
  • GCBA 940 Teaching Practicum: Human Gross Anatomy
  • GCBA 942 Teaching Practicum: Human Neuroanatomy
  • GCBA 949 Teaching Practicum: Human Histology

PhD Teaching Proficiency Program

The PhD Teaching Proficiency Program, offered through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, provides in-class learning as well as hands-on experience. Using the skills learned in GCBA 907: Teaching and Research Presentation Skills, you will then create and perform your own lectures for a course at UNO, honing your skills with feedback from UNMC faculty.

Additional Courses

Additional courses offered by Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (MSIA) or Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology (MGCB) include:

  • MSIA 970 Seminar
  • MSIA 998 Special Topics: Scholarship of Teaching
  • MGCB 907 Teaching and Research Presentation Skills

New courses may be added, so be sure to check the UNMC Catalogue for a complete listing of credit opportunities.

Resources to Craft Your Teaching Philosophy  

If you're going to become an educator, it is important to have a honed teaching philosophy, particularly when seeking a faculty position in higher education. Here are some resources from other universities that can help you define and craft your own teaching philosophy and teaching statement:

Writing a Teaching Philosophy or a Teaching Statement

This resource from Indiana University covers a variety of material including:

  • The difference between a teaching philosophy and teaching statement.
  • Recommendations for writing a teaching philosophy and statement.
  • Multiple resources and references, including links with examples.

Teaching Philosophy & Statements 

University of Michigan provides links for multiple university resources, as well as resources on writing a diversity statement.

Philosophy of Teaching Statement

Ohio State University provides a concise philosophy of teaching statement definition, along with technical writing suggestions and example statements from real faculty members.