Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning

bridgeThe Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning is a year-long (September 2019–September 2020) teaching development program that supports the development of graduate students’ expertise in teaching and learning. It serves both graduate students seeking excellence in teaching and learning in their future roles as faculty, as well as those who will apply the skills outside of traditional faculty roles. The Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning prepares graduate students who seek faculty positions focused on teaching and learning specifically, and more broadly creates a cohort of graduate students positioned for future educational leadership.

The Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning consists of the following elements:

  • Blended Cohort — Meets twice per month on Friday afternoons for two hours per meeting, and includes two hours of online work per month.
  • Practicum — The Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning requires that you arrange 2-3 one-hour (minimum) practical teaching experiences per term as a guest instructor, in the community, or in industry (total of 6 over the period of 1 year). You will also observe 3 one-hour sessions taught by your mentor or your peers per term. Please see the Practicum Guidelines for more information.
  • Mentoring — You will work with a mentor, under terms to be discussed with your mentor, but which will include some classroom observation and some classroom discussion. Please see the Mentorship Guidelines for more information.
  • SoTL — You will engage in a small-scale Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) pilot project based on the work you have done in your practicum.

Please note there is a one-time program fee of $500 when you are accepted to the program.

Program instructors

Joseph Topornycky, PhD
Shaya Golparian, PhD

Who can apply?

The Program is open to all UBC graduate students who have completed an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) and will remain graduate students until September 2021.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2019-2020 cohort are now closed. Applications for the 2020-2021 cohort would normally have opened in late April/Early May 2020, but because of COVID-19, this has been delayed. Barring additional complications, we now intend to open applications in late September 2020, for a Cohort that will run from January 2021 through February 2022, whose format may be modified to accommodate social distancing/remote learning needs connected to the pandemic (as the need for these in 2021 become clearer.)

For any questions, please e-mail ctlt.gcpinfo@ubc.ca.


2017/18 cohort members discuss their experiences in the program 

Program facilitator Joseph Topornycky outlines the Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning