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July 21, 2017
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Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Laurier launches a new university certificate program for graduate students

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Nov 20/13

Teaching Support Services is pleased to announce a new certificate program of university teaching and learning, specifically developed for masters and doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.

The University Teaching Certificate (UTC) provides graduate students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in teaching and learning and to practice teaching in a supportive environment. Based upon 10 core competencies (e.g., student learning, teaching strategies, assessment, ethics in university teaching), the UTC program is structured around three key program components: general principles of pedagogy, practice and analysis of teaching, and teaching documentation.

Whether students are interested in a career in academia or plan to pursue a career in business, industry or other non-academic fields, the skills and competencies developed through the UTC will be of value.

“Laurier fosters a culture that values excellence in teaching and learning,” said Pat Rogers, associate vice-president: teaching & learning. “We are thrilled to be able to provide this certificate program to our graduate students to prepare them for excellence in their careers.”

Laurier’s UTC is designed with students’ needs in mind. Two certificates are offered: a basic certificate and an advanced certificate. The UTC aims to provide opportunities for graduate students to:

  • develop and practice pedagogical skills and strategies
  • critically examine and reflect upon instructional issues and research in higher education
  • document learning and capture insights, reflections, and experiences associated with the program
  • develop transferable knowledge and skills in relation to the program’s core competencies
  • network and build community with student peers within and across disciplines

For additional information on this free program, contact Jeanette McDonald, Manager of Educational Development, or visit


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