Graduate Teaching and Learning Program

The Graduate Teaching and Learning (GTL) Program is an initiative designed to help develop the teaching and learning skills of graduate students. The multi-tier program – a collaboration of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, departments and faculties, and the Office of the Vice-Provost (Academic Programs) – delivers exciting opportunities for training in university instruction.

The GTL Program is open to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and focuses on pedagogical theories. 

Details of the program are described in a GTL At-A-Glance for those participants starting in August 2016. For GTL participants who started prior to August 2016, please find the former GTL At-A-Glance.

Enrol in the GTL Program through eClass.

Getting Started

  • GTL Program Level 1

    GTL Program Level 1 is intended to provide an overview of pedagogical skills and concepts required for teaching at a post-secondary level.  Participants will receive a letter of completion listing all the sessions they have attended once they have met their level one requirements. Learn more.


  • GTL Program Level 2

    Participants completing GTL Program Level 2 will gain perspective of student learning and depth to their teaching experiences.  Participants may begin level two before completing the requirements of level one, however completion of level one must be demonstrated before credit on the transcript will be given for level two.

    Participants will be required to complete three program components: practical teaching skills, feedback from students, peers and teaching mentor, and completion of a teaching CV. A summary of these requirements are found in the Teaching Record Book. All forms relevant to level two are found under the GTL Program Level 2 page. Departments and faculties may have additional requirements — please consult your departmental GTL coordinator for more information.

    Graduate students completing level two will receive a letter indicating they have met the level two requirements, and the following notation will appear on their transcript: Graduate Teaching and Learning Program completed. Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible for the transcript notation. Learn more.

    Note:  Participants who started the GTL Program Level 2 prior to August 2016 can complete level two under either set of requirements.

  • GTL Program Level 3
    Available during the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms, the Graduate Teaching and Learning (GTL) Level 3, - Pedagogy & Design is a project-based course designed to deepen understanding in pedagogy and course development in higher education. Learn more.
  • GTL Program Level 4

    Graduate Teaching and Learning (GTL) Program Level 4 candidates must have completed level three or equivalent. Level four offers participants the opportunity to engage with teaching research and course development. In level four, students take on a project requiring a minimum of 40-60 hours of scholarly work. Projects might include publishing outcomes from a series of TA assignments, developing a new learning module/activity/lab in coordination with an instructor or carrying out a small teaching related research project.

    Those interested in pursuing a level four project, or supervisors looking for students with this kind of expertise, should contact the GTL team with a brief description of the project and the name of your supervisor or proposed student. Learn more.