Teaching Competence Offerings

This area covers not only conventional “classroom” teaching, but any situation where you need to explain complex concepts related to your discipline and to provide clear and explicit instructions facilitating others’ understanding and learning.

Fall 2019

​Advanced University Teaching Preparation Certificate
Program Partner: Teaching Assistants’ Training Program

GPS Credits: 4
​Skill Areas: Communication & Interpersonal Skills, Teaching Competence

Participants attend a minimum of 10 two-hour workshops, totalling 20 hours of instruction. You must also complete a teaching dossier and participate in a teaching practicum. For the practicum, you can choose between microteaching, in-class observations, or a scholarly paper.
Find out more about the certificate.

IBBME Discovery Program

Program Partner: IBBME
GPS Credits: 4
Skill Area: Communication Skills, Teaching Competence
Dates: Visit the Discovery Program web page.

A STEM high school outreach program developed and deployed by IBBME graduate students in partnership with high school science teachers. Program curriculum is ‘personalized’ for each school accepted to be part of the program, and is focused on iterative design based learning.

Prerequisites: Given the nature of the IBBME teaching facilities, it is highly recommended that graduate students be affiliated with the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE).

​Facilitation Skills for Graduate Students

Program Partner: Grad Room, School of Graduate Studies 
GPS Credits: 2
Skill Areas: Communication & Interpersonal Skills, Teaching Competency 

This three-part facilitation skills workshop series will give you both the fundamentals and the nuances involved in trainings, education, and workshop facilitation. Covering topics as diverse as conflict resolution in trainings, multiple intelligences, and group reflection processes,​ this series will give participants interactive exposure to the different steps involved in training diverse material. Students will have the chance to bring their specific work and goals to the workshops, and to practice the different techniques as they might be applied to their specific contexts.

Graduate Professional Day (UTSC)

Program Partner: UTSC Centre for Teaching and Learning
GPS Credits: 1
Skill Areas: Personal Effectiveness, Teaching Competence

With a focus on professional development and preparation for the workplace, this free one-day program offers a mix of workshops, seminars, and a panel discussion. Refreshments and lunch are included. Concurrent sessions will allow participants to tailor the day to their needs and interests. The event is open to all U of T graduate students, affiliated with any of the three campuses, but it is only offered at UTSC. GPS credit is available for those who attend at least three of the day’s sessions and complete ​an assessment of those sessions. View more information on GPS offerings at UTSC.

Let’s Talk Science

Science Fair Mentorship & Judging

Program Partner: Let’s Talk Science
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Teaching Competence
Date: Orientation for LTS in October and January

An expansion to Let’s Talk Science: Introduction to Science Outreach, this offering gives you the opportunity to judge elementary and high school science fair projects. You will aid with student learning through assessing science fair projects and providing feedback.

Managing Large Events

Let’s Talk Science at St. George provides the opportunity to work with a team to plan and deliver large scale science outreach events for elementary and high school students. Students visit the St. George Campus for a day to take part in these events which combine interactive components, hands-on activities, debates, challenges, and competitions. You can take on various roles in planning and delivering these events to develop and practice your skills in volunteer management, fundraising, and logistics. Events include the Let’s Talk Science Challenge, StemCellTalks, and Let’s Talk Cancer, among others.

Mentorship Program

An expansion to Let’s Talk Science: Introduction to Science Outreach, this offering gives volunteers who have completed Science with Impact and 2 Classroom Visits the opportunity to assist new volunteers in the LTS@StG program and guide them in preparing for and delivering hands-on outreach activities. You share your knowledge and skills as an experienced volunteer, and will be paired with a new volunteer through our Mentorship Program.

Science with Impact & 2 Classroom Visits

Learn how to share your enthusiasm about science, engineering, or math! The Let’s Talk Science outreach site at the St. George Campus (LTS@StG) hosts the Science with Impact training workshop to provide you with effective strategies and information for communicating scientific concepts to a general audience, with a focus on children and teens. This offering starts with a three-hour training workshop to help you learn best practices for developing engaging science presentations and/or hands-on outreach activities for various audiences. You will have the opportunity to practice these skills by completing two in-class activities in a Toronto school. You will be provided with a Science with Impact Workbook and will be paired with ​educators through LTS@StG.

For more information and registration, email Its.grad@utoronto.ca.

Prospective Professors in Training (PPIT)

Program Partner: Faculty of App​lied Science & Engineering 
GPS Credits: 4 
Skill Areas: Communication & Interpersonal Skills, Teaching Competency

The Prospective Professors in Training (PPIT) program prepares soon-to-be PhD graduates for the rigours of applying to, and holding, an academic position. Through a series of seminars, students learn how to develop an effective academic CV, teaching dossier, and research statement. Participants are also taught how to prepare for an academic job interview and apply for funding from granting agencies. In addition, students learn how academics can best manage their time and resources between teaching, research, and university administration. 

As part of the program, students also take the APS1203 Engineering Teaching and Learning course. Basic concepts in curriculum, teaching, learning, and current research in the field of engineering education are introduced and discussed. 

The GPS credit will be applied for attending a minimum of 10 out of the 13 seminars and completing the mock application package. The APS1203 course will not be credited towards the GPS program. The offering is restricted to PhD students in engineering beyond their first year. Find out more about PPIT.

Teaching Fundamentals Certificate

Program Partner: Teaching Assistants’ Training Program
GPS Credits: 4
Skill Areas: Communication & Interpersonal Skills, Teaching Competence

Within one academic year, participants attend a minimum of six two-hour workshops, totalling 12 hours of instruction. You will interact with faculty members and fellow graduate students to discuss a range of issues related to teaching and learning in higher education. 

Find out more about the certificate.

THE500: Teaching in Higher Education

Program Partner: Woodsworth College
GPS Credits: 4
Skill Areas: Communication & Interpersonal Skills, Teaching Competence
Date: September and January sessions available

THE500 is a course for senior PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows that aims to improve your teaching practice by helping you become more knowledgeable about the ways in which students learn as well as about different teaching theories and styles. You will experience and take part in a variety of teaching situations, from small group work to more formal lecture sessions. Ample opportunity will be given to reflect on theory, your own teaching and learning experiences, as well as those of others involved in the course. Find out more about THE500.​​