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This online, part-time certificate trains you to develop and strengthen your skills in designing, developing, and leading university, Cegep, college, and continuing education courses.  


Saul Carliner

Professor, Department of Education

Dr. Carliner is eager to work with C-Teach students by sharing his experience as a university, continuing education and training instructor. He has decades of experience teaching education, professional writing, communications, and community leadership in a variety of modes—face-to-face, live virtual, self-study, and hyflex.

The courses in the program are also informed by his research and service. Among his funded research is a three-year project to identify research-based guidelines that address everyday teaching challenges in higher education. Other projects include serving as Provost’s Fellow for e-Learning, chairing the development of the certification exam and its underlying competency model for the Institute for Performance and Learning, and directing three different graduate programs at Concordia. He has also published several books on instructional design.

Once a part-time student himself, Carliner recognizes the challenges that the students entering this program face and has tried to develop a program that incorporates those situations. Carliner has received several teaching awards, including the SALTISE Pedagogical Innovator’s Award, Jay Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication from the Society for Technical Communication, and the Concordia Alumni Teaching Award.

The Program

This certificate has two components:

Micro-Program in the Foundations of Teaching in Higher and Continuing Education

A three-course sequence that develops the core skills for effective teaching in higher and continuing education.

  • Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (TEAC 606) (3 credits)       
  • Foundations of Course Design in Higher Education (TEAC 607) (3 credits)      
  • Foundations of Facilitating Higher Education Courses (TEAC 608) (3 credits)

Optional Internship in the Practice of Teaching in Higher and Continuing Education

An internship in which students teach a real course under the supervision of a more experienced instructor

  • Field Experience in Teaching (TEAC 609) (6 credits)

Students who already have extensive teaching experience in higher education and do not need an internship might consider the first micro-program.

Note: Applicants must secure their own internship. We do not assist students in finding courses to teach.

Academic regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations. Program Specific Requirements. Candidates must complete 15 credits, with a 3.00 assessment grade point average (AGPA) based on a minimum of six credits.
  2. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulation page for further details regarding the Time Limit requirements. The expected completion is three terms.
  3. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70.

Contact information

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