Fundamentals of University Teaching Program

Accredited in 2016 by the Canadian Educational Developers Caucus, the Fundamentals of University Teaching Program supports UWaterloo graduate students in their development as university TAs and instructors. The program provides hands-on professional development opportunities and introduces participants to evidence-based strategies and ideas to implement in their teaching.

How it works

The Fundamentals program is of no cost and is open to currently enrolled Master's and PhD students from all faculties at UWaterloo.

The program can be completed at participants' own pace and takes between one and six terms to complete. We also offer a two-week intensive Fundamentals Block program.

Upon completion of the program, participants receive a Certificate of Completion issued by the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and receive a "milestone" on their university transcript.

In order to complete the Fundamentals Program, participants must

After completing the Fundamentals program, participants can apply for admission to the Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) program.


By completing the program, participants will:

  1. use their classroom delivery and presentation skills more effectively
  2. develop lesson plans that are interactive and designed to meet specific learning outcomes
  3. identify and practice strategies that foster active learning
  4. improve their ability to give and receive effective feedback
  5. increase their confidence and self-awareness as university teachers


To register for the Fundamentals program, please complete our online registration form. Please note that you will not receive a confirmation of registration.


Contact our Program Coordinator at or ext. 33132.

Fast fact: 

To date, 781 graduate students have completed the Fundamentals of University Teaching program since its inception in the winter term of 2011.