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Graduate Programs

The Teaching Support Centre, in partnership with the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, provides programs and resources to support graduate students. Offered throughout the year, these programs address a variety of topics, including effective teaching techniques, improved communication skills, the graduate student-supervisor relationship, and preparation for both academic and non-academic careers.

Whether you are interested in preparing for your first teaching experience, learning about communication in the Canadian classroom, developing advanced presentation skills, or preparing for your transition to your career, you will find a supportive group of peers at the TSC who are committed to excellence in teaching and learning.

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Graduate Student Programs (PDF)
Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (PDF)

Academic & Professional Communication Series
Workshop series for graduate students who seek to improve their academic and professional communication skills and public speaking abilities.
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ATP - Advanced Teaching Program
The Advanced Teaching Program (ATP) is a hands-on, 24 hour seminar specifically designed for advanced graduate students who would like to develop the practical skills necessary to teach their own courses.
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Certificate in University Teaching and Learning
The goal of the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning program is to enhance the quality of teaching by graduate students and to prepare them for a future faculty career.
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Graduate Studies 9500
Graduate Studies 9500, an interdisciplinary graduate credit course on the theory and practice of university teaching, is offered by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
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Future Professor: Path to Teaching Excellence Workshops
Future Professor Series (FPS) workshops offered throughout the year provide both new and experienced graduate students with valuable insights into the world of academia.
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Great Ideas for Teaching Contest
The annual Winter Conference on Teaching features a panel of Western's most creative TAs who present their great ideas for teaching from different disciplines.
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International Student Programs
The Teaching Support Centre offers communication and orientation programs for International Graduate Students at Western. These programs are designed to help international students make the transition to living in Canada, and they also allow students to develop English language skills for the classroom.
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Lead TA Program
This program will position Lead TAs in 8 departments across campus where they will develop discipline focused TA training activities.  By facilitating workshops, developing resources, and offering peer feedback through classroom observations, Lead TAs will serve as mentors, coaches, and liaisons for TAs in their home department.
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TATP - Teaching Assistant Training Program
The Teaching Assistant Training Program is a hands-on, two-and-a-half- day session taught by current Teaching Assistants (TAs) and designed for new TAs embarking on their teaching careers.
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Teaching Master Classes
Step into the classrooms of Western’s most respected and innovative instructors and observe them engaging with their undergraduate students, their course material, and their discipline.
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The Teaching Mentor Program for Graduate Students
The Teaching Mentor Program for Graduate Students (formerly the TA Mentor Program) is a unique opportunity for graduate students to be observed in their personal teaching environment and to receive valuable feedback from peers on both their instruction methods and teaching philosophies.
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TA Day: Graduate Student Conference on Teaching
This one-day conference introduces graduate students to teaching at The University of Western Ontario and helps them prepare for their roles as teaching assistants. Join TSC staff and award-winning professors to learn about facilitating discussions in tutorials, helping undergraduate students in laboratory settings, dealing with difficult students, and much more!
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TA Cafe
TA Café is an informal gathering of graduate students to discuss rewards and challenges of teaching in their discipline.
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Winter Conference on Teaching
Please join us for a day of workshops to continue learning about effective teaching and become re-energized for a second term in the classroom. Attend the day and receive up to three credits from the Future Professor Series towards your Certificate in University Teaching and Learning.
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