Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning for Graduate Students
AUDIENCE: Current SFU graduate students
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. The Teaching and Learning Centre, in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies, has developed this 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 spring and fall each year.
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
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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