Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

The Centre for Teaching Excellence Office is dedicated to providing a number of services to the UW community to enhance the quality of teaching and learning on campus.

Of particular interest to graduate students is the variety of services CTE offers to support the professional development of graduate students.

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."

Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) program

"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. Locate, summarize and use research on teaching and learning as it applies to their field
  5. Prepare a teaching dossier that articulates their approach to undergraduate teaching and documents their teaching effectiveness
  6. Feel more confident and knowledgeable as an instructor in higher education"

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) provides support to students, postdocs, staff and faculty who are engaged in graduate work and research at the University of Waterloo.

Professional Skills Foundations program

"Professional Skills Foundations is a new professional skills credential for graduate students at the University of Waterloo. Foundations is designed to offer master's and doctoral students broad exposure to and experience in four key skill areas: career preparation, communication, leadership and personal effectiveness. "