University Teaching Certificate Program

content imageThe University Teaching Certificate (UTC) program is designed to prepare graduate students to successfully meet their teaching responsibilities now and in the future. The program integrates learning, instructional theory and practice. Participants learn valuable skills to promote active learning, critical thinking and inquiry approaches in their classrooms. As a result, UTC participants will be able to assume greater responsibility in the delivery of university instruction and provide quality teaching and learning experiences for their students. All U of C graduate students are eligible to participate in the program at no cost. The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is a prerequisite for the UTC program.

The UTC program includes:

  • Sessions covering a range of instructional issues
  • Microteaching sessions to practice new teaching skills and receive peer feedback
  • Development of personally relevant assignments, for example, a syllabus, assessment or teaching portfolio
  • Discussions on teaching strategies with peers from across campus
  • Individual classroom observations and feedback

Teaching and learning topics include:

  • Developing presentation skills for both large and small groups
  • Constructing valid assessment techniques
  • Building successful learning environments
  • Examining various teaching methods including inquiry-based and blended learning models
  • Promoting reflective practices
  • Interactive classroom approaches

Why take the UTC program?

  • Develop critical skills and knowledge to serve as a foundation when working with students
  • Integrate instructional theory and practice as it relates to your own discipline
  • Exhibit a higher degree of confidence in the classroom
  • Enhance your presentation and communication skills
  • Enjoy an advantage when seeking academic posts, as more universities look for new faculty who are committed to teaching excellence
  • Learn how to confidently and quickly adapt to the classroom environment
  • Examine teaching issues with faculty and peers and identify possible intervention strategies through group discussion

Program prerequisites

  • Completion of ISW
  • Departmental support

To inquire about or register for a UTC program, please contact Mary–Jane Leeder at 220°3493 or via email at

Dates for Upcoming Programs

Fall 2006
September 23, October 14, November 4, 18, December 2 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Winter 2007
January 13, 27, February 10, March 3, 17, 31 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.