Graduate Student Certificate in University Teaching and Learning


1-2 years (flexible)

Time commitment

1 - 2 hours per week 


Blended (online and in-class)



Program description

The Graduate Student Certificate in University Teaching and Learning provides you an opportunity to develop evidence-based teaching expertise and skills that are relevant across disciplines in postsecondary education. 

Throughout the program, you’ll 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.

To complete the certificate, you will need to earn five digitals badges — or microcredentials — that you can work on simultaneously or one at a time. This is a continuous enrolment program designed to give you complete flexibility in how you decide to structure your learning. You must complete a series of short courses to complete each badge. 

This certificate will enable graduate students on diverse career paths in academia, government, industry and non-profit to gain essential teaching and learning skills and knowledge. 

There is no formal application process to enroll in this certificate. Once you have registered for a course, we suggest you self-enroll in the certificate program so you can track your progress as you complete the badges and earn your certificate. 

Important information

The fall 2020 Schedule will be available July 13, 2020.

Badge application forms will be available soon on each badge D2L site. 

Current badge completion requirements apply whether you have taken face-to-face or remote courses.

All badge applications are to be submitted by May 31, 2020.


You will learn to

  • Engage in collaborative, critically reflective conversations with colleagues to explore current issues, theories and research in postsecondary education
  • Identify and implement research-informed teaching methods that enhance student learning
  • Practice peer teaching, and collecting and responding to feedback from colleagues
  • Articulate a research question and develop a plan to conduct a SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) project
  • Evaluate and select effective learning technologies and maximize spaces to enhance student learning
  • Develop a teaching philosophy/dossier that aligns key beliefs about teaching and learning to sources of evidence drawn from participation in the certificate program

Program format

By taking designated short courses and completing a capstone learning project, you will earn five individual badges. Each badge has its own requirements. Once you have successfully completed all five badges, you will be eligible to receive the Graduate Student Certificate in University Teaching and Learning.

Badges are digital icons with embedded information about when, where and how they were earned. These microcredentials provide a visual record of achievement, and can be combined with a portfolio to allow users to demonstrate their learning in ways other than traditional credit course work. More information on badges can be found at UCalgary Badges

Emerging Teachers Development Badge

Emerging Teachers Development

Develop your university teaching and learning skills, with opportunities for discussion, practice and reflection. 

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SoTL Foundations Badge

SoTL Foundations

Learn about research-based inquiry to enhance teaching and learning through a series of discussion-based sessions.

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Learning Spaces and Digital Pedagogies

Learning Spaces & Digital Pedagogies

Explore, discover and experience the latest learning technologies and the aspects of learning spaces that support and enhance teaching.

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Theories and Issues in Postsecondary Learning and Teaching

Theories and Issues in Postsecondary Learning and Teaching

Focus on some of the big questions in teaching and learning and practice your teaching skills in this cohort-based series.

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Developing Your Teaching Dossier

Developing Your Teaching Dossier

Integrate your experiences, approaches and accomplishments into a dossier that includes clear evidence of the scope and quality of your teaching practice.

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