Support for Graduate Students

Through workshops, small-group practice microteaching sessions, classroom observations, and more, the Centre for Teaching Excellence supports graduate students at the University of Waterloo as they prepare for their teaching roles.

Graduate students who participate in our programs report that they develop confidence in their roles as Teaching Assistants (TAs) and instructors and feel better prepared for university teaching.

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

Our additional resources for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows include:

  • Workshops each term for International Teaching Assistants who are new to teaching in Canada
  • A week-long Teaching Development Seminar Series for postdoctoral fellows
  • CTE's TA Manual (PDF), which contains resources, policies, strategies, and suggestions for Teaching Assistants
  • Consultations with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows preparing their teaching dossiers or statements of teaching philosophy for academic jobs. To schedule a consultation, email Dr. Stephanie White
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.

Our Staff:


CTE's TA manual (PDF): a guide developed for Teaching Assistants at Waterloo. 

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.”