1. Program Learning Outcomes
  2. Program Requirements
  3. Applications

The Preparing to Teach certificate is a blended program specifically designed to help PhD candidates prepare for the teaching components of a career in academia. This 10-week program, which consists of weekly 2-3 hour meetings plus a significant weekly online component, allows participants to gain hands-on experience with a range of teaching and assessment methods, to learn how to manage both large and small classes, and to address teaching and learning issues particular to their disciplines. Although informed by theory, the focus will be on teaching practice. Participants will develop new course materials and try out various teaching approaches within a supportive peer cohort.

In light of the ongoing pandemic and TLS’s efforts to support Carleton instructors and TAs in their transition to online teaching, we are not offering this program this coming academic year (Fall 2020). We hope to resume the program as soon as circumstances allow. In the meantime, if you are looking for ways to develop as a teacher and/or to prepare your teaching dossier, check out the following resources:

And if you’re looking for resources that introduce you to similar content as the PTT program, check out the following links:

For updates about other upcoming training opportunities for Carleton’s TAs and graduate students, be sure to bookmark the TA Support website and Grad Navigate, to follow us on Twitter, and to monitor the Graduate newsletter.

*Please note: Participation in the certificate is ineligible for FGPA paid teaching assistant training.

Program Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program you will be able to:

  • Design a syllabus for a first-year undergraduate course in your discipline that exemplifies the principles of constructive alignment
  • Construct a lesson plan and plan and deliver a teaching demonstration (microteach) that implement learner-centred approaches
  • Articulate a personal philosophy of teaching that adheres to the genre features characteristic of a “teaching philosophy statement” and which is informed by educational theory

Program Requirements

To earn the certificate, participants are expected to:

  • Arrive on time
  • Actively participate in ALL* sessions, both online and face-to-face
  • Complete all online learning modules
  • Provide constructive feedback to your peers, online and face-to-face
  • Complete the required readings
  • Prepare and submit all 3 assignments by the indicated due dates
    • Assignment 1: Annotated Course Syllabus
    • Assignment 2: Lesson Plan, Microteaching Demonstration, & Microteaching Reflection
    • Assignment 3: Teaching Philosophy Statement

* Note: This program is based on a high degree of interactive learning; absences from class meetings or failures to complete the online learning modules will affect your ability to contribute to forthcoming sessions. If you miss one session, you must contact the facilitator immediately so that an alternative assignment/activity can be negotiated. If for any reason you are absent from two sessions or fall behind on two of the online modules, you will be removed from the program.


At this time, we are not accepting applications. We hope to resume the program as soon as circumstances allow.

Before you apply, please consider the following exemptions.

  • Candidates who have already taught a course are ineligible for PTT. These individuals are encouraged to apply to the Certificate in University Teaching, which has been specifically designed for contract instructors and faculty. For more information on that program, please click here.
  • Individuals who have previously completed the GUTS certificate are ineligible.
  • Priority will be given to graduating PhD candidates. Exceptions may be made for Masters-level students who demonstrate extraordinary circumstances.
  • If you anticipate missing more than one session, please consider taking the program at another time.

Please note: The program carries a $50 deposit (cash only, exact change only), which will be returned to participants who complete the certificate requirements. Individuals who do not complete their requirements on time or fail to meet the attendance/participation expectations will not receive a refund or the Preparing to Teach certificate