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University Teaching (Grad.Cert.)

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Graduate Certificate (Grad. Cert.)
Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
1 year
15 credits
Start term
Experiential learning

Program overview

The Graduate Certificate in University Teaching is designed for MFA students, doctoral candidates and post-doctoral fellows at Concordia who want to work at higher education institutions. Under the mentorship of faculty from the Department of Education and the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) you will gain a comprehensive understanding of pedagogical approaches in post-secondary education. You will explore both classic and contemporary theories of learning and instructional design, and receive advanced training in teaching strategies, course design and technology in the classroom. Students are guided by members of Concordia’s four faculties to develop and sharpen their teaching practices. By graduation, they will complete an application portfolio for tenure-track positions.

Program structure

Admission requirements

  • Concordia student currently completing either a PhD or an MFA (Studio Arts) at Concordia University OR registered postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University.
  • Minimum CGPA of 3.00 on scale of 4.30 (or equivalent in last completed degree).
  • Candidacy in degree program is a strong asset.
  • Letter of support from the chair of the department. 
  • Completion of one teaching assistantship and identification of faculty member from discipline to act as teaching mentor. 
  • 500- to 750-word statement of their teaching philosophy, teaching experiences and a brief description of the course that they wish to teach as part of the internship requirement.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.

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