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Certificate in University Teaching for Teaching Assistants / Graduate Students



The Certificate in University Teaching for TAs is offered to all teaching assistants and graduate students who are interested in developing their teaching practice and engaging in a community of practice along with their peers in the Ontario Tech University teaching community. The richness of the program is in shared experiences and the new connections that are formed.

The certificate program consists of 14 modules, which include an examination of learning theories, issues in academic integrity, intercultural communication, and an exploration into learning technologies. Participants will also have the opportunity to facilitate modules with their peers. A presentation on personal teaching best practices will conclude the program.  Each of the 14 modules takes approximately 3 hours to complete.

If you are a faculty member, instructor or staff member who is interested in the program, please visit our Certificate in University Teaching for Faculty page.

Program Learning Outcomes:

On the successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Actively engage in a community of practice through discussion and reflection to critically evaluate teaching practices and classroom strategies.
  2. Utilize evidence-based strategies to develop and enhance practice as a TA.
  3. Articulate a personal set of good practices as a TA including effective communication, time management, and professionalism.
  4. Make informed choices regarding the use of various learning technologies in your teaching practice.
  5. Create a poster (print or digital) which expresses a personal set of good teaching practices.


  1. Attendance/participation in 10/14 modules (module 1 and 14 are mandatory) - includes completion of ‘exit ticket’ for each completed module and activities tied to each module of choice.
  2. Reflective practice assignment - submitted at mid-point
  3. Observe two classes face-to-face or online and fill out an observation/reflection form.
  4.  Poster presentation of personal set of good practices as a TA. 


The schedule for the 2020/2021 academic year has not yet been finalized. Please check back soon for updates.