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Canadian Excellence

University Teaching Certificate (UTC)


The University Teaching Certificate (UTC) is open to masters and doctoral students (including postdoctoral fellows) at all Laurier campuses with the goal of developing instructional knowledge and skills.†

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 on post-secondary teaching,
  • document learning and capture insights, reflections, and experiences associated with the program,
  • develop transferable knowledge and skills in relation to the programís core competencies, and
  • network and build community with peers within and across disciplines.

UTC is designed to be completed within a minimum of two to four semesters, depending on certificate option: basic or advanced.†

There are three components to the program. Each component requires active participation, reflection, and documentation.

  • General Principles of Pedagogy (minimum 24-36 hours of study)
  • Practice and Analysis of Teaching (structured opportunities for instructional practice)
  • Teaching Documentation (products of learning, teaching dossier, philosophy statement, reports)†

    Candidates will be expected to develop and demonstrate capacity across 10 core program competencies†(e.g., student learning, intercultural communication) through the learning activities they participate in and the learning products they produce. Please refer to the program documents for more information.

    †To register and†learn more about the program, click on the titles below.

    Getting Started

    Certificate Options

    UTC Documents


    Workshop Opportunities

    Program Coordinator:
    Dr. Kyra Jones, Educational Developer†| ext. 4736
    General Information:
    Office of Educational Development†| ext. 3507

    Related Information Title Type
    2014 UTC Certificate Options Document
    2014 UTC Getting Started Document