Support for Graduate Students

CTE supports graduate students at UWaterloo through certificate programs, workshops, one-on-one consultations about teaching and teaching dossiers, and classroom observations. 

Certificate programs

Any UWaterloo graduate student can attend individual workshops or enrol in one of our certificate programs:

If it were up to me, I would make this program a mandatory requirement for working as a teacher at Waterloo. The knowledge in this program is absolutely essential for all those who teach.

— Fundamentals of University Teaching participant

Workshops, observations, and consultations

We invite UWaterloo graduate students to attend individual Fundamentals of University Teaching workshops. They may also be able to attend workshops developed for faculty members on a case-by-case basis.

International Teaching Assistants (TAs) who are new to teaching in Canada are encouraged to register for Preparing to Teach at UW (CTE210).

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who would like to have their teaching observed and receive feedback can contact Dr. Svitlana Taraban-Gordon

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who would like feedback on a teaching dossier or teaching statement can contact Dr. Stephanie White.

Additional resources

  • CTE's TA Manual (PDF): Resources, policies, strategies, and suggestions for Teaching Assistants
  • Policies, Handbooks, and Templates: Information about course requirements, copyright, ancillary fees, exam regulations, and more 
  • Free online professional development modules for graduate students. Topics include Teaching Dossiers, Lesson Planning, Teaching Online, Non-Academic Work Search, Mental Health and Well-Being, Research Management, and more.
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Six online modules that center on key concepts in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education have been collaboratively developed by Queen’s University, Western University and the University of Waterloo. Modules include “Assessment Strategies,” “Active Learning,” “Globalization of Learning,” and “Ethical Principles and Professionalism in University Teaching.”
Hear more about our programs from recent participants:

Fast facts:

More than 765 graduate students have completed the Fundamentals of University Teaching program.

More than 393 graduate students have completed the Certificate in University Teaching program. 

More than 75 graduate students have worked at CTE since the inception of our graduate programs in 1997.

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