Fundamentals of University Teaching Program

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.

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:

  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

Requirements

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:

If you are interested in completing the Fundamentals program in a two-week intensive environment, please see our Fundamentals Block session.

Questions?

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

Fast fact:

As of Spring 2017 term, 814 graduate students have completed the Fundamentals of University Teaching program since its inception in the winter term of 2011.