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Registration

How should I register for the Certificate program?

Fill out the online application form.  Once your application has been received you will notified by the Centre and be sent a welcome package that contains your tracking card.

Where can I find an application form?

The application form is available online at http://www.dal.ca/dept/clt/services/CUTL/RegistrationCUTLform.html

Who is eligible to register for the Certificate Program?

  • Doctoral students enrolled in a program of study at Dalhousie University are eligible to participate.
  • Masters students enrolled in a program of study at Dalhousie University are welcome to register for the Certificate program if they provide a letter of support for their participation from their supervisor.  This requirement acknowledges the time constraints in many Masters programs.
  • Post-doctoral fellows at Dalhousie University are also welcome to register for the Certificate program.

CLT strongly advises graduate students to enrol in the program only after completing the first year of their academic programs.

Can I still be enrolled in the Certificate program if I am working away from the Dalhousie University campus?

Participants enrolled in the program may maintain their registration and work on the completion of their Certificate if their period of absence from campus is no longer than two academic terms.   To complete the course option, however, participants must be present on campus for the term in which it is offered.

What is the cost of the Certificate program?

This Certificate program is offered at no extra cost to graduate students. Those participants who opt to register for the course will not have to pay additional fees for the course over and above their departmental/program fees.

I am a Masters student, am I still eligible to register?

You may register in the Certificate Program as a Masters student.  You will need a letter of support, though, from your supervisor, as part of the registration process, so we can be sure that they are aware of the extra workload you are taking on.   (This is due to the fact that Masters Programs are often quite shorter than doctoral programs and post-doctoral fellows).

I am a post-doctoral fellow, do I register the same way?

Post-doctoral fellows can register in the Certificate Program at any time.  Once registered you will be on our mailing list for workshop events to complete the Professional Development component of the Program.

In order to get the Program noted on a Dalhousie transcript and to register for the CNLT 5000 course, a post-doctoral fellow must:

Research stream

Complete Part A of the Faculty of Graduate Studies application form as a Special Status Graduate Student (SSGS).  Attach a copy of your letter of appointment to the SSGS form and bring to the Registrar’s Office.  An application fee will be required.
The Registrar’s Office will process the application and forward it to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Once you are admitted as a SSGS, you will be notified and you  may register in the course without being charged tuition for this course.

Academic stream

Special student status is already given and therefore you can directly register for CNLT 5000 at no additional cost.

CNLT 5000/01

Who is eligible to register for CNLT 5000?

All registered Dalhousie graduate students are eligible to register for CNLT 5000 at no additional cost. Post-doctoral fellows holding appointments at Dalhousie University are also eligible to register for CNLT 5000. Post-doctoral fellows should first apply for admission as special status graduate students with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and then can register in the course at no additional cost. (Please see below for registration information.)

Who is eligible to register for CNLT 5001?

Special status graduate students who are employed as Dalhousie Teaching Assistants and graduate students at universities other than Dalhousie are eligible to register for CNLT 5001 and will be charged the cost of a three credit hour course. (Please see below for registration information.)

What is the difference between CNLT 5000 & CNLT 5001?

CNLT 5000 and CNLT 5001 are the same course. The different course number reflects the fee structure for the course depending upon participants' student status with the university. All students registered in CNLT 5000 and 5001 participate in the same course.

If I am eligible for CNLT 5000, how should I register?

Procedures for course registration for CNLT 5000 are the same as any other university course. The registrar's office has made provisions for Certificate program participants to register in CNLT 5000 over and above regular program requirements and without being charged tuition for this course.

Dalhousie post-doctoral fellows can register simply by completing Part A of the Faculty of Graduate Studies application form as a special status graduate student (SSGS), attaching a copy of their letter of appointment and paying the application fee. Once post-doctoral participants are admitted as SSGS they may register in the course without being charged tuition for this course.

How should I register for CNLT 5001?

Non-Dalhousie graduate students must register as Visiting Students (VSGS). Visiting students must present a Letter of Permission from their home university to the registrar's office and follow the normal procedures for registering for a course at Dalhousie. VSGS will be charged the tuition fee normally assessed for a three-credit graduate course.

Dalhousie Teaching Assistants who are not graduate students (who hold a Bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0) may apply as special status graduate students, pay an application fee and provide their university transcript(s). Once admitted as SSGS they may register for the course and will be charged the tuition fee normally assessed for a three-credit hour graduate course.

If I am a post-doctoral fellow and eligible for CNLT 5000, how should I register?

Research stream

Complete Part A of the Faculty of Graduate Studies application form as a Special Status Graduate Student (SSGS).  Attach a copy of your letter of appointment to the SSGS form and bring to the Registrar’s Office.  An application fee will be required.
The Registrar’s Office will process the application and forward it to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Once you are admitted as a SSGS, you will be notified and you  may register in the course without being charged tuition for this course.

Academic stream

Special student status is already given and therefore you can directly register for CNLT 5000 at no additional cost.

What will happen if I am a special status student and I enroll in CNLT 5000 instead of CNLT 5001?

Participants who do not meet the criteria for taking the course at no extra cost (they are neither registered in a Dalhousie University graduate program or hold a post-doctoral appointment at Dalhousie University) and who register for CNLT 5000 will be de-registered from CNLT 5000 and asked to re-register in 5001.

Can I take the CNLT 5000/5001 course towards my program of study?

CNLT 5000/5001 is a 0 credit-hour, pass/fall course designed to be completed over and above each student's normal program requirements. This course does not fulfill or replace any departmental requirements.

Will CNLT 5000/5001 appear on my transcript when I have completed it?

Yes, this course will be included on a participant's official Dalhousie University transcript.

Professional Development

How can I find out about professional development workshops throughout the year?

CLT Workshops and conferences are advertised in the following locations:

How can I register for a professional development workshop or conference?

Participants may register for CLT workshops by emailing clt@dal.ca or linking to the online registration form, found on the individual workshop page.

Will I get professional development credits for attending the teaching dossier workshop?

Since the teaching dossier is a required component of the program, professional development credit is not applied to those workshops.

Will I get professional development credits for attending workshops outside of CLT?

As long as the session is related to teaching and learning you can receive credit hours for external sessions. Hours must be approved by the Program Administrator.

Teaching Practice

Can my teaching practice be completed at another institution?

Teaching practices may be completed at another institution as long as it is a higher education institution (i.e., university, college). 

I have a group of peers and friends who have offered to be students for me to teach, will that count towards an observation?

No. Mock classroom settings are not the same as going into a class, lab or seminar and teaching. While it might feel the same, it does not replicate the experience of teaching in front of a group of learners in a course, and will not be considered as one of the required teaching observations.

Is it okay to pay or reward the observer? They are giving their time after all.

It is not appropriate or professional to offer any form of monetary compensation to your observer. 

I can't find anyone to observe me, is it okay to have one of the students in the class do it?

It is not appropriate to have a student in the class you are teaching fill out the observation form for you. A third party should be there to observe your teaching practices and the students' learning, and asking a student in the class would not provide them with the opportunity to learn from your teaching. 

Tracking Your Progress

How can I keep track of my progress in the Certificate Program?

To validate workshop participation CUTL participants can download a Tracking Card when they register for the Certificate Program and must obtain the signature of the workshop facilitators for the professional development workshops they attend. The Tracking Card will enable participants to validate their attendance at CLT/Dalhousie workshops, and workshops offered by their department, other universities, or professional societies and organizations. Participants can also download a Certificate Program Component Checklist, incorporated as part of the Tracking Card, on which they can record completion of other program requirements.

I forgot my CUTL PD Tracking Card at home, what should I do?

It is your responsibility to remember and keep track of accounting for your PD Credits. However, the CLT keeps track of those who have attended CLT organized sessions. If you have attended a session, but did not receive a signature indicating you attended the session, please contact Michelle Soucy (Michelle.Soucy@dal.ca) with the date and title of the session. We will confirm your attendance and then sign off.

I lost my CUTL PD Tracking Card, what should I do?

If you have lost or damaged your CUTL Tracking Card, you may print off another one here (link to card). 

I lost my CUTL PD Tracking Card with all my credit hours on it, what should I do?

It is up to the participant to keep track of their hours and keep your card safe. While you can reprint your card, it is advised that you write your reflections immediately after attending your session. This will help you keep track of what you have attended, and in a situation where you need us to confirm if you've attended a session, we can easily look up the date and title to confirm your attendance. If you have no record of what you have attended, then it is difficult for us to track what you have completed. It is therefore in your best interest to keep track of your PD hours not only on your CUTL Tracking Card, but also in a document with your reflections. 

Certificate Completion

How long will it take to complete the Certificate Program?

Completion of the program varies between participants and their availability to complete the components. It may be completed in as little as 3-months, however, participants should plan to take at least 2 years to complete the Certificate.

In no circumstances will Certificate Program enrolment exceed the duration of a participant’s graduate program.

If I am inactive in the program for some time, will my enrolment be suspended?

Participants who are inactive in the program for a period of six months will be considered to have withdrawn from the program unless they advise CLT of their interest in continuing in the program. CLT will remove inactive participants’ names from the registrants list.  However, any participant who still meets the requirements for enrolment may re-register when they are able to resume active participation.

How can I ensure that I remain an active registrant in the Certificate Program?

To remain actively registered in the Certificate Program, participants must be actively engaged in fulfilling Certificate requirements.  This may include attending workshops, enrolment in CNLT 5000/01, etc. 

Can I complete the Certificate Program after I have graduated from my academic department/completed my term as a post-doctoral fellow?

Participants must complete the program before graduating from their academic program or completing their fellowship. CLT will not be able to provide transcript notification of Certificate completion or provide a certificate of completion after a participant has graduated.

How should I notify CLT that I have completed the program?

Materials must be submitted as one package to the Certificate Program Administrator via the CUTL Brightspace site.  The Certificate Program Administrator will verify that completion of all components has been fulfilled at which time CLT will notify the Registrar’s Office that the participant has completed the Certificate Program. Participants will then receive a notification on their transcript to this effect. If you are completing the Certificate Program in your graduating or completion year, please ensure timely submission of work (at least one month before graduation or completion of fellowship) and notification to CLT of Certificate Program completion to ensure the Registrar’s office can be informed and notification of completion noted on participant’s transcript prior to graduation.

How will my completion of the program be recognized?

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a notation in the comments section of their transcript. Participants will also receive a formal certificate from CLT signed by the Program Administrator and the Vice-President Academic and a letter of completion. Certificates will be awarded at a Graduation Luncheon held annually in the spring.

Can I obtain a replacement certificate?

Should a graduate of the program wish to receive a replacement certificate the CLT will provide one for a nominal fee.

Re-submission of Work

Can I resubmit written or oral work?

If a teaching dossier, teaching and learning project, or any other part of the Certificate submitted for Certificate completion is assessed by the Certificate Program Administrator as not fully or appropriately completed, the participant will be informed immediately and provided with constructive feedback. Re-submission of any written or oral work will be accepted by CLT for reassessment within 3 months after the work was originally submitted. However, resubmitted work must be received by the Certificate Program Administrator at least one month prior to graduation or completion of fellowship.

TAEP Participants and Graduates

I am a graduate of the Teaching Assistant Enrichment Program (TAEP), does that count towards any of the CUTL components?

As a TAEP graduate you are eligible to use that experience towards your 20 professional development hours for the CUTL. All TAEP graduates can count up to 5 hours for their participation in that CLT program. As part of this component of the CUTL, you are required to submit reflections on the workshops that you attend. If you choose to use the TAEP to count towards your hours, please write one reflection that encompasses your entire TAEP experience. 

I haven’t finished my TAEP, but would like to enroll in the Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (CUTL), can I transfer to the Certificate?

The CUTL and TAEP are separate programs with complementary competencies and requirements, thus making them two distinct and separate opportunities. Participants enrolled in the TAEP must complete all components of the program before they can begin working on the CUTL.