Graduate Teaching and Learning Program

GTL Program Level 2

The Graduate Teaching and Learning (GTL) Program Level 2: Practicum builds upon the pedagogical foundation established in Level 1. In Level 2, participants will expand the knowledge developed in Level 1 and will gain practical experience in lesson planning and delivery. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop a statement of teaching philosophy, a document required for academic job applications, as well as an individual teaching development plan.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Gain practical experience in creation of :
    • Learning objectives and outcomes
    • Lesson planning and delivery
    • A statement of teaching philosophy
    • An individual teaching development plan
  • Be introduced to the concept of a teaching dossier

Participants will deepen:

  • Classroom management and leadership skills
  • Capacity for:
    • Giving, receiving, and responding to feedback
    • Self-assessment and reflection
    • Workplace professionalism and ethical principles in university teaching


Open to all UAlberta graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Candidates must have completed GTL Program Level 1.

Time Commitment

Equivalent to 17 hours of instruction. Approximately 80 minutes per week outside of class to complete assessments. Attendance and active participation is mandatory and a significant component in the course evaluation.


Completion of Level 2 is based on the successful fulfillment of the following:

  • Lesson plan
  • Microteaching (2)
  • Written self-reflection
  • Verbal and written peer feedback
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Individual teaching development plan
  • Exit survey and critical reflection

Graduate students completing Level 2 will receive the following notation on their transcript: Graduate Teaching and Learning Program: Practicum. Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible for the transcript notation.


Coming Winter 2019. Registration will open 6 weeks prior to the start of the course.

Questions regarding the GTL Program, including the recent changes to the program can be directed to:

Deanna Davis, PhD
Professional Development Instructional Design Specialist
Graduate Teaching and Learning Program Principal Instructor