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Certificate in University Teaching

The TLSS offers 2 differents Certificate in University Teaching. One for Professors and one for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

What is this certificate?

The certificate in university teaching is a flexible, learner-centered professional development program*. 

It will allow you to reflect on and explore up-to-date and relevant university teaching practices in order to enhance the quality of instruction you provide.   

* The certificate is a free, not-for-credit program which is not part of the regular course offerings sanctioned by the University of Ottawa Senate. 

Who is this certificate for?

  • Full and part-time professors
  • Laboratory supervisors and fieldwork/placement coordinators
  • Anyone working in a teaching or training capacity at the University of Ottawa

When can I register and start the certificate?

You can register and start the certificate anytime throughout the year that suits you best.

How long do I have to complete the certificate?

  • Once registered, you will be able to complete the certificate requirements at your own pace over a period of no more than three years.

To register, please contact the Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS) : saea-tlss@uottawa.ca

What are the objectives of the certificate?

This program will enable you to :  

  • systematically reflect on the quality of your teaching;
  • analyze the foundational principles of university teaching and adult learning, including active learning and learning-centered pedagogies and their impact on learners;
  • apply innovative practices to your teaching, including technologies that support learning within a university context;
  • develop a network of collaborators to support your reflective practice over time.

What are the admission requirements for the certificate?

  • Currently teach students or facilitate staff development full or part-time at the University of Ottawa
  • Demonstrate interest in and motivation to do professional development
  • Able to commit a minimum of 4 hours per month to the certificate over a maximum period of 3 years. This represents a minimum of 135 hours, which combines training activities and independent work time. 

What are the requirements for obtaining the certificate?

At the end of the program, you will receive a professional development certificate recognizing that you met the predetermined quality criteria outlined in your learning plan.

Requirements: As part of the certificate, there are four requirements that must be met, beyond your learning needs: 1) Write a learning plan; 2) Keep an activity log; 3) Complete a capstone project; and 4) Develop or update a teaching dossier.

** Certificates are conferred in the spring during a brief ceremony. However, the TLSS can provide you with the certificate should you be unable to attend the ceremony or if you need confirmation of achievement prior to the event. 

What topics are included?

Based on your individual learning plan and available resources, you can choose from the following list of suggested topics:

  • Course, workshop or webinar design
  • Classroom or group management, positive learning environments
  • Learner engagement, motivation and active learning 
  • Technologies to facilitate learning within a university context
  • Learning assessments
  • Writing an effective syllabus and lesson plans
  • Teaching and learning theories
  • Innovative teaching strategies
  • Educational facilitation
  • Small and large group dynamics 
  • Online or distance teaching 
  • Diversity, inclusion and learning
  • Issues in course evaluation
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning and/or 
    scholarship of educational leadership 
  • Program evaluation
  • Curriculum development
  • Others

What types of activities are offered?

You can choose activities based on your individual learning plan and available resources from the list of suggestions below: 

  • Supervised readings 
  • One-on-one consultations, mentorship
  • Class observation with feedback
  • Educational or technological workshops (TLSS program)
  • Scenarios, micro-teaching
  • Reflective activities on one’s teaching practice 
  • Teaching philosophy and dossier portfolio
  • Post-certificate development plan
  • Others

Will professional development activities completed prior to starting the certificate be recognized?

Yes, as long as the activities meet your current professional development needs and plan. 

The workshops, webinars and lectures you have already attended must have been completed in the academic year prior to registering in the certificate program.

These activities must be approved by the TLSS certificate coordinator before being included in your list of activities that count toward the required 135 hours of professional development activities.

Who can I contact if I have any questions?

You can contact us at saea-tlss@uOttawa.ca or by phone at 613-562-5300.

Are you a graduate student intending to apply for a teaching position? If so, reflecting on your teaching, improving your skills and developing your practice may provide you with an advantage.

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The Certificate in University Teaching for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows aims to:

  • Help develop the professional skills required to hold a faculty position at the university level;
  • Offer training that enhances instructional practice;
  • Facilitate discussion and collaboration; and
  • Implement the use of various learning methods, including information and communication technologies.

The training program includes:

  • A course in university teaching (ESG5300 - Theory and Practice of Undergraduate Teaching);
  • A course in university teaching and technology (ESG6100 - Technology and University Teaching);
  • A practicum in university teaching (ESG8300 – Practicum in University Teaching).

Admission Requirement

  • The professional development program is free for full-time graduate students and postdoctoral fellows of the University of Ottawa.
  • The ESG courses are included on the official transcript of full-time students (see the CIPDL for details).
  • Participants must fully attend all ESG courses of the program in order to obtain the certificate.
  • There is a registration limit of 30 people per course.
  • Completion of ESG 5300, ESG 5500, ESG 8300 and ESG 8500 during the five (5) years prior to registration to the certificate will be recognized.
  • Certificates are only conferred in the spring; however, where required, a letter may be provided by the Director of the Centre for Innovative Pedagogies and Digital Learning (CIPDL) which confirms completion of the certificate requirements.
  • The courses/workshops/conferences applied toward this certificate cannot also be used toward the certificate for University Teaching for Faculty Members.
  • The certificate cannot be used towards a degree and is not equivalent to any other professional certification.
  • The certificate is non-credited and not part of the programs approved by the University of Ottawa Senate.

Number of Registrations per Course

There is a registration limit of 30 people per course.


All current uOttawa graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are invited to register for the following program: 

ESG5300 *

Theory and Practice of Undergraduate Teaching

ONLY offered during the fall session
Format: blended course 
Prerequisite: none

ESG6100 *

Technology and University Teaching

ONLY offered during the winter session
blended course
Prerequiste: ESG5300

ESG8300 *

Practicum in University Teaching

Format: participants will teach sessions of a class
Prerequisite: ESG5300 and ESG6100

We recommend you register for the practicum once you have completed ESG 5300 and ESG6100; however, you may take ESG6100 and ESG8300 concurrently during the winter session only if you will no longer be a student in the following fall session. Before enroll for the practicum, you must meet with the coordinator.

Course Recognition

The successful completion of ESG5300 and ESG8300 prior to registering for this training program will be recognized within the certificate.

This program will equip graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with the skills to:

  • Design a course and develop related learning activities;
  • Use a range of teaching and learning methods;
  • Guide individual students or student groups in their learning;
  • Evaluate learning processes;
  • Evaluate their teaching methods;
  • Analyse their professional environment and develop appropriate professional and personal strategies;
  • Begin to reflect on both their teaching methods and their professional development.


This training is free for University of Ottawa full-time graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.


The Centre for Innovative Pedagogies and Digital Learning (CIPDL), part of the Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS), is responsible for this training program.

Who can I contact if I have any questions?

You can contact us at saea-tlss@uOttawa.ca or by phone at 613-562-5300.


* Please note that these courses are included in the official transcript but do not count towards credit. This certificate is not part of the programs approved by the University of Ottawa Senate.

Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS)

Vanier Hall - Room 1001
136 Jean-Jacques Lussier
Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 6N5
Email: saea-tlss@uOttawa.ca 

Office hours
Monday to Friday
8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(June 1st to August 31st closed at 3:00 p.m.)
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