The Fundamentals of University Teaching (Fundamentals) program provides hands-on professional development opportunities and introduces participants to evidence-based strategies and ideas to implement in their teaching.
What it is
Accredited in 2016 by the Educational Developers Caucus (EDC), the Fundamentals program supports Waterloo graduate students in their development as university Teaching Assistants (TAs) and instructors. As of Winter 2019, 1166 students have completed the Fundamentals program.
The Fundamentals program is of no cost and is open to graduate students at Waterloo.
How it works
The program is completed at participants' own pace, can be completed in as little as one term, and must be completed by the end of graduate studies.
The Fundamentals program is comprised of two components: workshops and microteaching sessions.
|Component||Component Description and Links|
|Workshops||Attend six teaching workshops|
|Microteaching sessions||Participate in three microteaching sessions to deliver mini lessons to peers and receive feedback on teaching|
Upon completion of the program, participants:
- receive a Certificate of Completion issued by the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE)
- receive a Milestone on their university transcript
- are eligible to apply for admission to the Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) program
Program goals and outcomes
By the end of the program, participants will:
use their classroom delivery and presentation skills more effectively
develop lesson plans that are interactive and designed to meet specific learning outcomes
identify and practice strategies that foster active learning
improve their ability to give and receive effective feedback
increase their confidence and self-awareness as university teachers
Who can apply
To register, participants must:
- be Master's or PhD students officially registered at the University of Waterloo
How to register
To register for the Fundamentals program, please complete:
The program takes approximately 2-3 terms to complete.
If you are interested in completing the Fundamentals program in a two-week intensive environment, please see our Fundamentals Block session.
Contact our Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 33132.