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Graduate seminar in university teaching

The CTL leads the seminar series in university teaching to foster the professional development of future teachers and researchers.

About the seminar

This seminar series in university teaching will prepare graduate students for an academic teaching career. The estimated time-commitment is 35 hours of instruction plus 15–20 hours for readings and assignments. Participants receive a certificate upon successful completion of all requirements. Participation is limited to 35 students per session.

Certain sections of the Graduate Seminar have been designed using faculty specific course content while other sections are open to students from any faculty.

Students receive a certification upon completion of the course requirements and attendance of lectures.


Having successfully completed this seminar, you will be able to:

  • apply the theory and practice of university teaching;

  • develop a course syllabus; 

  • design and deliver lessons with greater confidence; and

  • articulate your teaching philosophy in a written statement for future job applications in teaching.


Currently, there are two formats for the seminar: face-to-face and blended.


The face-to-face format is typically scheduled over five (5) consecutive days from 9:30 – 16:30. The additional work related to readings and assignments is completed outside the classroom.  


In the blended format, students attend once a week in-person lectures in the mornings. They have to complete online instructional time equivalent to three (3) hours per week at their convenience. In addition, students have to complete readings and homework.

Registration details

This seminar is offered through GradProSkills. Please visit GradProSkills to register for this seminar.

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