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Canadian Excellence

For Graduate Students, TAs and IAs

Click on the title below to learn more about our programs, resources and events.

University Teaching Certificate

The University Teaching Certificate (UTC program) was developed for masters and doctoral students, as well as postdoctoral fellows, with the goal of developing instructional knowledge and skills. While not all Laurier graduates will enter academia, the career paths they choose to pursue will draw upon the very skills and core competencies UTC seeks to develop. †

Graduate and TA Professional Development Series

Open to all graduate students, teaching and instructional assistants, this series is a collaborative effort between several offices, and builds upon our individual and collective programming. All sessions may be counted toward the award winning†ASPIRE program, and selectively to either the University Teaching Certificate †and/or the Career Development Certificate for graduate students. Check out the fall offerings listed below and watch for upcoming sessions in winter. Register in advance at†

Microteaching Sessions

Open to all graduate students, teaching and instructional assistants, microteaching sessions provide the opportunity to practice your teaching skills in front of a small group of peers and receive constructive feedback. Participants will each plan and deliver a 10-minute lesson. One microteaching session can be used towards the completion of the University Teaching Certificate. Participants can register for the sessions in advance at

Non-Credit teaching Course

Each year, the Centre for Teaching Innovation and Excellence offers a variety non-credit courses to graduate students on university teaching and intercultural development. Each course is intended to facilitate the development of knowledge and skills critical to teaching and learning in higher education.

Teaching Assistants Award of Excellence

This award of excellence recognizes the outstanding achievements and contributions of an undergraduate and graduate teaching or instructional assistant at Laurier. Award recipients are recognized formally at convocation, receive a framed certificate and $500 scholarship, and have their picture added to the Teaching Hall of Fame.


Scholarly and practical teaching and learning resources are available in print and electronic form. These resources have been prepared or purchased by the Office of Educational Development. Others are available online through the Laurier Library, the web, or vetted sites.


Take advantage of opportunities to develop your teaching practice by way of a classroom observation, collecting student feedback, or one-on-one consultations. Click on the services link to learn more.

Other Professional Development Opportunities

Various academic and support units across Laurierís campuses offer professional development opportunities, resources, and services in support of the graduate student experience, teaching and learning, career and leadership development, and so on. Read on to learn more.