Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning

This is a four-month, 120-hour, Senate-approved non-credit certificate for SFU graduate students who are aiming for employment in post-secondary institutions. The program is offered in the spring and fall term of each school year.


Fridays, September 12–December 5, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Location TBA, Burnaby campus


Are you a graduate student intending to apply for a teaching position? If so, reflecting on your teaching, improving your skills, and developing your practice may give you an advantage.

Participants are chosen from a broad range of backgrounds, representative of SFU's teaching community. All current SFU graduate students are encouraged to apply, although space is limited and preference will be given to students in doctoral programs. The following selection criteria will be considered:

  • Membership in the SFU teaching community
  • Quality of application and letter of intent
  • Commitment to teaching and learning at SFU
  • Relevant previous activities and experience
  • Range of departments represented
  • Gender balance


You must complete the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) in order to receive credit for completing the certificate. The ISW is a three-day, 24-hour foundational workshop.


There is a materials fee of $100 for this program, due upon acceptance into the program. There is no cost to apply.



The program aims to:

  • Provide participants with the knowledge, skills, positive attitude, and confidence to promote learning in their students
  • Integrate learning and instructional theory with an individual's knowledge of his or her subject, emphasizing a scholarly approach to teaching
  • Prepare program graduates to provide educational leadership in their academic endeavours


Sessions will be held each week for thirteen weeks, culminating with a graduation celebration. All required sessions will be offered at SFU Burnaby.


There are three types of assignments in this program:

  • Small assignments as part of each session
  • A self-directed learning project and a related presentation
  • A teaching philosophy statement, revised over the course of the program, and a teaching portfolio framework

What past participants say

"It's hugely practical … It helps with first-time teaching nerves … It challenges your basic assumptions about teaching and learning … Before this I was just googling 'how to teach.' "

May 23, 2014