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March 1, 2015

Canadian Excellence

For Graduate Students, TAs and IAs

Click on the title below to learn more about our programs, resources and events.

University Teaching Certificate

The University Teaching Certificate (UTC program) was developed for masters and doctoral students, as well as postdoctoral fellows, with the goal of developing instructional knowledge and skills. While not all Laurier graduates will enter academia, the career paths they choose to pursue will draw upon the very skills and core competencies UTC seeks to develop.

Graduate & Professional Student Symposium

Held in September this symposium allows new and returning graduate students to engage in opportunities to develop knowledge and skills transferable to your academic and career development, become part of the Laurier community, and build long-lasting relationships that extend beyond graduation.

Graduate and TA Professional Development Series

Open to all graduate students, teaching and instructional assistants, this series is a collaborative effort between several offices, and builds upon our individual and collective programming. All sessions may be counted toward the award winningASPIRE program, and selectively to either the University Teaching Certificate and/or the Career Development Certificate for graduate students. Check out the fall offerings listed below and watch for upcoming sessions in winter. Register in advance at

Microteaching Sessions

Open to all graduate students, teaching and instructional assistants, microteaching sessions provide the opportunity to practice your teaching skills in front of a small group of peers and receive constructive feedback. Participants will each plan and deliver a 10-minute lesson. One microteaching session can be used towards the completion of the University Teaching Certificate. Participants can register for the sessions in advance at

Non-Credit teaching Course

Each year, Educational Development offers a non-credit course on university teaching to graduate students. We offer two complimentary courses-one for masters students and one for doctoral students. Each course is intended to facilitate the development of knowledge and skills critical to teaching in higher education settings.

Teaching Assistants Award of Excellence

Nomination Deadline: March 1
The Teaching Assistant Award of Excellence aims to recognize the outstanding achievement of a TA or IA at Laurier. The recipient of the award will receive a certificate and citation at convocation in the year the award is granted, alongside a $500 Scholarship.



Other Professional Development Opportunities