Graduate Teaching and Learning Program

GTLP Level 3


The Graduate Teaching and Learning Program Level 3: Pedagogy and Course Design is a free, pass-fail, not-for-credit, project-based, 13 week course designed to deepen understanding in pedagogy and course development in higher education. This course prepares participants to take on a primary instructor role and to become more adept at handling academic interviews and more capable of tackling roles that require training, mentoring, or leadership in other employment sectors.

The course takes a hands-on approach to learning and brings together SoTL principles and the practical side of teaching and learning. Coupling blended and project-based design models, Level 3 offers you a platform to engage deeply with course material, gain confidence in your teaching, and develop a network of teaching colleagues from across campus.

The course focuses on two integrated themes including: (1) course design and assessment and (2) classroom management and leadership.

By designing a discipline-specific course in of your choosing, participants will gain practical experience in course design and assessment. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop a teaching dossier to be used in academic job applications.


Level 2: Practicum | Qualifying candidates will be invited to apply.

Learning Objectives

Participants will deepen their: 

  • Practical understanding of SoTL principles in higher education 
  • Skills and competencies in strategies for classroom management, leadership, student support and inclusion
  • Ability to design and deliver a lesson plan (microteaching presentation)
  • Capacity to evaluate teaching skills and competencies 

Participants will develop skills in course design and authentic assessment practices

Participants will gain practical experience in the development of: 

  • Course objectives and outcomes
  • Assessment design 
  • A discipline specific syllabus
  • An electronic teaching dossier 

Participants will deepen capacity for:

  • Self-assessment knowledge vis-a-vis reflection and reflexivity
  • Workplace professionalism and ethical principles in university teaching
  • Serving as a critical colleague
  • Setting and monitoring personal learning goals

Time Commitment

Equivalent to three hours per week for 13 weeks. Approximately three hours per week outside of class to complete project, peer feedback, teaching dossier, and individual teaching development plan.

Completion Requirements and Transcript Notation

Completion of Level 3 is based on the successful fulfillment of the following:

  • Course syllabus
  • Lesson plan
  • Sample assignment
  • Sample assessment
  • Verbal and written peer feedback
  • Written self-reflection
  • Electronic teaching dossier
  • Teaching development plan (revised from Level 2)
  • Exit survey and critical reflection

Attendance and active participation is mandatory and a significant component in the course evaluation. Participants are permitted one excused absence.

Graduate students who complete Level 3 will receive the following notation on their transcripts: Graduate Teaching and Learning Program: Pedagogy. All participants will receive level completion letters for their teaching dossiers.