Students who choose to participate in the Certificate Program will be required to fulfill four main components.
The theory component will introduce participants to the scholarship of teaching and learning and provide an opportunity to read and discuss selected literature in the field. To complete this component participants may select one of two options:
Option 1 – Credit Course: Participants may enrol in a 0 credit-hour pass/fail course (CNLT 5000/01–Learning and Teaching in Higher Education) taught by CLT staff, during the Winter Term. There are no prerequisites for this course. The course will provide foundational knowledge about university teaching and learning, and assignments will enable participants to pursue their own teaching interests and/or discipline-specific concerns. Completion of this course will be noted on the participant’s university transcript.
Note: For more information on the CNLT 5000/5001 course and for instructions on how to register, please visit the CNLT 5000/01 page.
Option 2 – Learning and Teaching Project: Participants may complete a project that will require them to engage in an in-depth study of a teaching issue of particular interest to them. Examples of possible projects might include: designing a course, creating an annotated collection of teaching resources in a discipline, or conducting an inquiry into some aspect of teaching and learning. Regardless of the specific nature of the project, students will be required to engage in a review and analysis of selected relevant literature (a minimum of 10 peer-reviewed publications should be referenced) and will also be required to disseminate their work in ways that may include: a presentation in the home department, a CLT workshop, a conference presentation, or a peer-reviewed journal publication.
Participants wishing to pursue this Option should review the Project Proposal Form, and contact the Program Administrator, Dr. Jill Marie McSweeney.
The practice component will provide participants with an opportunity to implement acquired concepts, skills, and techniques; receive peer feedback; and reflect upon and revise their teaching practice. The completion of this component will depend on the participant’s discipline and circumstances, but in every case it will include three interconnected components:
- Teaching experience: Participants will document a minimum of three class periods in which they were the primary instructor (e.g., teaching assistant, lab or studio instructor, lecturer).
- Reflection on teaching: A written pre-observation plan and subsequent 1-page self-reflection will be required for a minimum of 3 class periods.
- Feedback on their teaching: The participant will arrange to have a peer or a faculty member observe and assess his/her class and provide formative feedback on a minimum of three occasions. On at least one of these three occasions, the observation and feedback should be conducted by an experienced faculty member. An opportunity should be available following each observation for the participant to reflect on his/her teaching and to discuss the feedback provided with the observer.
- Download the Observer Feedback form [PDF - 84 kB]
- Download the Pre-Observation form [PDF - 28 kB]
- Teaching Practice Reflection - Guiding Questions
Please visit our FAQ section to learn more about how to chose the appropriate classroom experience for your observation.
This open-choice component is designed to nurture the habit of continuing professional development by requiring participants to assess their own learning needs and to participate in a minimum of 20 hours of professional development workshops related to learning and teaching in higher education offered by CLT, other universities, discipline-specific or teaching conferences, or by their academic units. Participants are encouraged to explore a wide variety of topics over an extended period of time to broaden their learning and teaching knowledge. To ensure participants obtain the extensive development required, a maximum of 5 credit hours shall be applied to any one event.
Participants will set goals for their professional development in this context and provide a one-paragraph annotation of each of their experiences, adjusting their goals as they progress through the workshops.
Participants may also lead discussion groups or run workshops for CLT or their home departments for double-credit hours towards the completion of this component.
- Professional Development Reflections - Guiding Questions
Capstone: Teaching Dossier
Participants will create an 8-10 page teaching dossier supported by selected samples of evidence. The creation of a teaching dossier provides participants with an opportunity to reflect on their experience within the program and will allow them to document their teaching for the job search process.
Note: Material is to be compiled and handed in as one final package at the completion of the Certificate Program.