University Teaching (Grad.Cert.)
Graduate Certificate (Grad. Cert.)Offered by:
School of Graduate Studies
Why pursue a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching?
The Graduate Certificate in University Teaching is a 15-credit program designed for current doctoral candidates at Concordia University. The aim of the program is for learners to gain in-depth knowledge about pedagogical practices in post-secondary education and to develop teaching skills in delivering a university course within their area of expertise. Benefiting from the mentorship of experts in university pedagogy and a discipline-specific faculty member, admitted candidates will expand their knowledge about theories of learning and instructional design, as well as enhance their skills in analyzing literature relevant to teaching and learning in higher education. Candidates will also learn to identify appropriate educational resources relevant to their disciplines and make appropriate planning, design and classroom management decisions. All candidates will be required to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to the design, delivery and evaluation of a 3-credit university course.
The Graduate Certificate in University Teaching offers a competitive edge to Concordia PhD candidates seeking a tenure-track position. It provides these candidates an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and skills related to university teaching by engaging in an interdisciplinary program of study. Concordia’s Graduate Certificate is grounded in an apprenticeship model through which students are partnered with discipline-specific faculty members, teaching fellows from Concordia’s four faculties as well as teaching and learning consultants. Finally, the capstone requirement to design, develop, implement and evaluate a full 3-credit university course provides invaluable teaching experience within the student’s area of specialization.
- ETEC 613 Learning Theories (3 credits)
This course examines the processes of specifying and producing environmental conditions for observing and promoting changes in the student. Its focus is the study of the learning process. The student is expected to develop a general understanding of the major theoretical and practical approaches to the study of learning and to begin to develop competence in selected aspects of the area.
- UNIT 601 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (3 credits)
This seminar course is designed as a survey at an advanced level of the theory and practice of higher education pedagogy through an examination of the existing literature. Topics may include but are not limited to student learning assessment, course design, teaching strategies, student diversity, technology in the classroom and reflective practice. Activities may include participation in workshops focusing on pedagogical practices in higher education offered through the Centre for Teaching and Learning Services.
- UNIT 602 Development of a University Course (3 credits)
In this directed study course, students develop the objectives, outline, content, notes, assignments, and assessment plan for the course that they will teach during UNIT 603, Internship in University Teaching. The prepared materials are evaluated by the students’ teaching mentor. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.
- Currently enrolled as a doctoral student at Concordia, in good standing, admitted to candidacy, and on track for a timely completion of the doctoral program;
- Written letter of support by doctoral supervisor;
- Proof of completion of the Graduate Seminar in University Teaching and one teaching-assistantship;
- Letter of support from teaching mentor;
- Letter of support from Chair of the department in which the teaching internship will be completed which identifies the course reserved for the doctoral student;
- Teaching philosophy statement.
All applications must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Application Centre.
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Priority will be given to those who apply within the official deadlines listed above. Some programs may continue to accept applications after these deadlines. For more information, please contact the department.
- Interdisciplinary Teaching
- Integration of Computer Technologies in Higher Education
- Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
UNIT 603 Internship in University Teaching (6 credits)
This internship requires students to teach one 3-credit university course in their discipline using the materials developed in UNIT 602, Development of a University Course. Students develop a teaching portfolio which includes a teaching statement, an explanation of pedagogical practices used in the course, self-evaluation of the teaching, students’ evaluations of the course, and a plan for improvements to the course content and teaching practices. This internship is graded on a pass/fail basis.