Every term, the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) offers workshops a number of workshops for Fundamental participants on a variety of topics on university teaching that explore lesson plans, interactive teaching methods, classroom delivery skills and assessment and motivational practices. 


  • Attendance at 6 workshops on university teaching (see below for details on your options)
  • Effective Lesson Plans workshop (required)

Fundamentals workshops (on campus):

The majority of Fundamentals workshops are offered at the Waterloo campus in the CTE workshop rooms EV1-241 and EV1-242.

To view the workshop schedule for the current term, go to Fundamentals Events

Registration for individual workshops is through myHRinfo.

  • Only CTE workshops numbered CTE 490 or lower can be used towards credit for the Fundamentals program.
  • As of September 1, 2015, a maximum of one Fundamentals credits can be obtained through attending the CTE 219 Special Topics workshops. Participants who have completed two of these workshops prior to this date, will still keep both workshop credits.
  • As the Fundamentals program is dependant on attendance, you must arrive on time and stay for the entire workshop to get credit.

Fundamentals workshops (online):

Fundamentals credit may be granted for the below online courses completed through MyGradSkills.ca - a professional development program for graduate (Master’s and PhD) students in Ontario. 

Prior learning for Fundamentals credit:

Participants with related prior learning may be eligible to receive advance credit in the Fundamentals program.

  • B.Ed. or TESOL - Students who have completed one of these programs will receive credit for the equivalent of 3 Fundamentals workshop credits. Students are expected to complete CTE202: Effective Lesson Plans as one of their 3 required workshops. Contact cte-grad@uwaterloo.ca with an electronic copy of your degree certificate or transcript to receive the advance credit.
  • University teaching certificate from a different institution - You may be eligible to receive some advance credit. Contact Svitlana Taraban-Gordon with an electronic copy of your certificate and a detailed outline of the program components, to help us determine if any advance credit may be granted.
  • Instructional Skills Workshops - If you have completed the instructional skills workshop series from CTE or a similar program, you may be eligible to receive advance credit. Contact cte-grad@uwaterloo.ca with proof of completion for further details.

Online Teaching Assistant/Preceptor (OTAP) program:

Students who have completed the Online Teaching Assistant/Preceptor (OTAP) program offered by the Center for Extended Learning will receive credit for the equivalent of five Fundamentals workshop credits (CTE401 to CTE405).

These students may complete the Effective Lesson Plans (CTE202) workshop and three Microteaching Sessions to receive the Fundamentals certificate. Please contact cte-grad@uwaterloo.ca with questions.