Certificate in University Teaching and Learning
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Overview of the Western Certificate in Teaching and Learning - Information Session
The goal of the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning program is to enhance the quality of teaching by graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, and to prepare them for a future faculty career. The presentation and group facilitation skills gained while completing the Certificate will not only benefit participants in pursuit of a faculty position, but are also valued by employers in business, industry and other non-academic fields. Program participants receive a certificate and a letter of accomplishment after they complete the following five program components:
- TA Training/Microteaching Requirement
- 10 workshops in the Future Professor Series
- The Teaching Mentor Program for Graduate Students
- Teaching Portfolio
- Written project
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to register for the Certificate?
To register for the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning, you must be enrolled in a graduate degree program or be a post-doctoral fellow at Western University.
How long does it take to complete the Certificate?
Program components can be completed within one year, but you may choose to complete the workshops over two, three or more years.
When should I sign up for the Certificate?
You may register for the Certificate any time during your graduate degree. If you had already attended TSC programs prior to registering for the Certificate, those will be credited to you and count towards the completion of the Certificate.
Are the GS 9500 course, ATP and TATP equivalent in the Certificate?
Yes, however GS 9500 requires a larger time commitment than either ATP or TATP. The advantage of GS 9500 is that participants prepare a teaching philosophy statement and complete writing assignments over the duration of the course which provides them with a head start on the "written project" components of the Certificate.
Do I need to complete the Certificate components in a specific order?
No. You may complete the programs and project requirements in any order, whenever it is most convenient for you. However, registration for certain programs is time sensitive (i.e. Teaching Mentor Program registration is only open for the first four weeks of the Fall and Winter semesters). It is your responsibility to be aware of such dates and to plan your Certificate progress accordingly.
I have been TAing a course in my department at Western for three years. I added a few readings to the course outline. Can I submit this to satisfy the course outline requirement?
No. The course outline you submit must be original work. We ask you to design a new course that has not been offered at Western before. You can only submit the outline of a course you have already taught if (1) you were the main instructor for the course and (2) you designed the course completely meaning that you did not simply continue to teach a course that was designed by someone else.
Who keeps track of my progress towards the Certificate?
It is the participants' responsibility to keep track of how many workshops they have completed. Please use this Personal Progress Tracker to assist you.
Can I submit the teaching dossier and written project components after my defence date?
You may submit the written components of the Certificate up to three months after your graduation or departure from Western.
Do Lead TA workshops count towards the certificate?
Yes. Lead TA Workshops fulfill credit requirements for Future Professor Workshops. Use the Lead TA Workshop Personal Progress Tracker to keep a record of the Lead TA Workshops you attend. Please note that you must get your Lead TA to sign the form to confirm your attendance, so remember to take this form with you to Lead TA workshops.
If you have any additional questions regarding the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To receive the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning, you must be enrolled in a graduate degree program or be a post-doctoral fellow at Western University and complete all program requirements during your program of study. Program components can be completed within one academic year, but you may choose to complete them over two, three or more years.