Certificate in University Teaching

Since its launch in the Fall of 1998, The Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) program has been open to PhD students interested in pursuing an academic career, and has been completed by over 300 students!

How it works

The Certificate in University Teaching program is of no cost and is open to currently enrolled PhD students from all faculties at Waterloo.The prerequisite for participation in the CUT program is completion of the Fundamentals of University Teaching program. Enrolment in the program is limited to approximately 15 new participants per term. 

The CUT program can be completed at participants' own pace and typically takes between six to nine terms to complete. 

The CUT program comprises three courses in Graduate Studies (GS): GS 901, GS 902, and GS 903 - which provide a comprehensive teacher-development experience. Each individual course must be completed within three consecutive terms.

Upon completion of the program, participants receive a Certificate of University issued by the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) and receive a citation in the "degrees" section of their university transcript.

Requirements 

To apply, you must:

  • be a PhD student officially registered at the University of Waterloo (students in joint programs are ineligible)

  • have completed the Fundamentals of University Teaching certificate program.

  • have a minimum of four terms left in your PhD studies

  • submit an application form

Program goals and outcomes

The overall goal of the CUT program is for participants to be self-aware, critically-reflective teachers who have gained both theoretical knowledge and skills that contribute to success in an academic career. 

By the end of the program, participants will:

  1. Begin to apply theoretical knowledge about teaching and learning in higher education
  2. Adopt a reflective approach to teaching through collecting feedback and continually modifying instructional approaches
  3. Develop and implement active-learning teaching methods
  4. Prepare a teaching dossier that articulates their approach to undergraduate teaching and documents their teaching effectiveness
  5. Locate, summarize and use research on teaching and learning as it applies to their field
  6. Feel more confident and knowledgeable as an instructor in higher education

How to apply

To apply for the CUT program, please contact cte-cut@uwaterloo.ca.

We will e-mail you once the application form is available and provide you with the submission deadline. 

Admission considerations

Applications are reviewed based on participants’ interest in applying teaching strategies to their own practice, their understanding of Fundamentals program concepts, and the feasibility of their CUT program completion based on time to graduation and teaching observation opportunities.

Overview of the program

The CUT program is comprised of three Graduate Studies (GS) courses.

Course Course Requirements
GS 901: Preparing for University Teaching

Completion of four workshops & four response papers.

GS 902: Preparing for an Academic Career

Completion of a Research Project & a Teaching Dossier.

GS 903: Teaching Practicum

Completion of two teaching observations.

Program courses in detail

Questions?

Contact our Program Coordinator at cte-grad@uwaterloo.ca or ext. 33132.

Fast fact: 
As of Spring 2017 term, 415 graduate students have completed CTE's Certificate in University Teaching program.