The Faculty Teaching Certificate Program

content imageThe Faculty Teaching Certificate (FTC) is an in–depth program to enhance teaching effectiveness. New and experienced faculty can enhance their skills and build on existing knowledge to improve the teaching and learning experience for them and their students. The program integrates instructional theory and practice as participants hone their teaching strategies through a combination of lectures, discussions and applications. U of C faculty and sessionals are eligible to sign up for the FTC program at no cost. The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is a prerequisite for the FTC program.

The FTC program includes:

  • Lectures on a variety of current teaching and learning topics
  • A choice of a relevant follow–up assignment, for example, developing a course syllabus, preparing an assessment, or creating a teaching portfolio
  • In–depth discussions with colleagues from a variety of faculties and departments
  • Opportunities to explore teaching approaches, including inquiry and blended learning
  • Extensive feedback from program facilitators and fellow FTC participants
  • Individual consultations with facilitators
  • Classroom observations

Teaching and learning topics include:

  • Planning an effective class
  • Presenting course material to both large and small groups
  • Constructing valid assessments
  • Building successful learning environments
  • Integrating current technology into educational delivery
  • Examine various teaching methods including inquiry–based and blended learning models

Why take the FTC program?

  • Develop core teaching skills and knowledge that have immediate application in the classroom
  • Learn approaches to enhance student engagement and learning while making efficient use of teaching preparation and delivery time
  • Interact with colleagues from a variety of faculties and departments
  • Build networks across campus and improve understanding of the issues in different teaching settings

Program prerequisites

  • Completion of ISW

The University of Calgary is one of the few Canadian universities to offer an in–depth teaching program to its faculty. Funded by the University of Calgary’s Students’ Union, the Teaching & Learning Centre has offered the FTC program for the past year. To inquire about or register for an FTC program, please contact Mary–Jane Leeder at 220–3493 or via email at

Dates for Upcoming Programs

Fall 2006

  • September 15
  • October 6, 27
  • November 3, 24

Winter 2007

  • January 11, 25
  • February 8
  • March 1, 15, 29