The Preparing to Teach (PTT) certificate is a blended 10-week program specifically designed to help PhD candidates prepare for the teaching components of a career in academia. It consists of weekly online asynchronous and synchronous course components that allow 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.
Please note: Participation in the certificate is ineligible for FGPA paid teaching assistant training.
The next cohort of PTT will run Fall 2022 from September 21 until November 30. Synchronous class meetings will take place on Wednesdays at 1-4 p.m. (weeks 1 & 10) or 1-3 p.m. (weeks 2-8), while the 3-hour microteaching sessions will take place the week of November 21-25 at a time of the candidate’s choosing.
To register, please complete the application form below.
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 deliver a teaching demonstration (microteach) that implements learner-centred approaches
- Articulate a personal philosophy of teaching that adheres to the features characteristic of a “teaching philosophy statement” and which is informed by educational theory
To earn the certificate, participants are expected to:
- Arrive on time
- Actively participate in ALL* sessions, both synchronous and asynchronous
- Complete all online learning modules
- Provide constructive feedback to peers
- Complete the required readings
- Prepare and submit all three assignments by the indicated due dates
- Assignment 1: Annotated Course Syllabus
- Assignment 2: Lesson Plan, Microteaching Demonstration & Microteaching Reflection
- Assignment 3: Teaching Philosophy Statement
*Please 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.
If you are looking for additional resources to help you develop as a teacher and/or to prepare your teaching dossier, check out the following:
- Structuring Your Teaching Philosophy Statement
- Dalhousie University’s Teaching Dossier Template
- The University of Toronto’s Teaching Dossier Guide
- The University of Calgary’s Teaching Philosophies and Dossiers webpage
And if you’re looking for resources that introduce you to similar content as the PTT program, check out the following links:
For additional training opportunities, please visit our TA Training webpage.
Note: all applications are vetted carefully to ensure suitability for the program. In particular, candidates should expect to have their applications evaluated on the basis of the following criteria: level of study (Masters, PhD), stage of progress in the degree, workload for the term (academic or otherwise), availability, proximity to graduation, and proximity to first teaching assignment.
Sorry, this cohort is full. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to be placed on the waiting list.