Academic Staff Certificate in University Teaching and Learning
Approx. 68 hours
or 9 - 12 months (flexible)
34 - 36 hours per course
The Academic Staff Certificate in University Teaching and Learning provides you with opportunities to develop evidence-based teaching expertise, reflect on your practice and build your teaching dossier.
Inspired by Kenny et al.’s (2017) Teaching Expertise Framework in Postsecondary Education, the certificate courses recognize that university teaching is complex and multi-faceted, and that teaching expertise is developed through an ongoing learning process that continues over time (Hendry & Dean, 2002; Kreber, 2002).
Through the program, you’ll become part of a cohort of scholars as you develop skills and confidence in supporting student learning, success and engagement. You’ll also document your understanding of teaching and learning into a robust dossier that reflects your evolving experience, goals and skills.
This certificate will enable professors, instructors, lecturers and other academic staff at different stages of career development to enhance multiple aspects of their teaching skills and knowledge in order to excel in competitive academic environments.
Please note: This certificate is not intended for graduate students or postdoctoral scholars. We encourage you to register in our Certificates in University Teaching and Learning, which are tailored for your teaching contexts.
Accredited by the Educational Developers’ Caucus of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
Registration for winter 2021 is now closed.
Teaching and Learning Practices, Theories and Assessments
Inquiry and Scholarship in Teaching and Learning
Educational Leadership and Mentorship
You will learn to
Select and implement evidence-based teaching practices within your own context to create meaningful learning experiences
Examine, apply and critique key theories and/or methodologies in postsecondary teaching and learning
Design and develop an aligned course, project, and/or activity that is learning-centred
Implement methods for assessing student learning and self-assessing your own teaching, scholarship and/or leadership practices
Engage with, learn from and contribute to a cross-disciplinary community of peers
Describe and explore institutional priorities such as inclusivity, Indigenous engagement, mental health and internationalization as they relate to teaching and learning across multiple contexts
Document and critically reflect on your teaching/leadership philosophy, approaches and impact in a curated dossier
Formulate a plan to further develop your teaching, scholarship and/or leadership practices
There are three courses in this certificate:
- Teaching and Learning Practices, Theories and Assessments (required)
- Inquiry and Scholarship in Teaching Learning (elective)
- Educational Leadership and Mentorship (elective)
Once you have completed the required course and one elective course, you are eligible to receive the certificate.
As a participant in the last cohort, I have to say: this was such a fantastic experience! Thank you so much for providing the opportunity to reflect on my teaching practice, build new connections, and expand into new areas of theory and practice!
Dr. Stephanie Warner, PhD
Dr. Kimberley Grant, PhD
Educational Development Consultant, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning
Dr. Natasha Kenny, PhD
Senior Director, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning
Dr. Leslie Reid, PhD
Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning), University of Calgary