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Graduate Student Certificate in University Teaching and Learning

Program overview

The Graduate Student Certificate in University Teaching and Learning provides you with an opportunity to develop research-informed and scholarly teaching expertise, as well as 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. 

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

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Effective September 1, 2020, any four out of seven badges (listed below) are required to complete the certificate.

Participants are still welcome to complete all seven badges.

Click on each badge listed below. You will be taken to a registration page with more information on each course.

Once you have registered for a badge course, you will automatically be enrolled in the certificate. When you have fulfilled the requirements, please click the link below to fill out a form to request your certificate.


1 – 2 years (flexible)

Time commitment

1 – 2 hours per week 



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 (badges) and completing a capstone project, you can earn up to seven individual badges. Each badge has its own requirements. Once you have successfully completed any four out of seven badges, you will be eligible to apply for 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 micro-credentials 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 foundational skills in university teaching through a series of modules and a reflective capstone project.

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SoTL Foundations

SoTL Foundations

Discover research-based inquiry to enhance teaching and learning.

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Learning Spaces & Digital Pedagogies Badge

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 Practices Badge

Theories and Practices

Explore current practices, theories, and research in postsecondary education. 

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Developing Your Teaching Dossier Badge

Developing Your Teaching Dossier

Integrate your experiences, approaches and accomplishments into a dossier, including evidence of your teaching practice.

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EDI Badge

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Explore equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) within post-secondary teaching and learning. You will reflect on your own positionality and its impact within the classroom, while also examining your pedagogical practice through an equitable lens.

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Blended and Online Learning Pedagogy and Practice Badge

Blended and Online Learning Pedagogy and Practice

Enhance your blended and online teaching and learning practices.

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