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 emphasizes the practical side of teaching and learning with real life examples and workshop style learning modules. Through group discussion, weekly peer feedback and one-on-one consultation, this course 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
Students who began the program prior to August 2018 are eligible to have the prerequisite Level 2 waived until Spring 2019.

Learning Objectives

Participants will gain practical experience in:

  • Course design and development, including:
    • course objectives and outcomes
    • lesson plan
    • assessment plan & sample assessment
    • sample assignment
    • syllabus
    • lesson delivery (microteaching presentation)
  • Development of teaching dossier (including teaching philosophy)
  • Re-evaluation of skills/competencies and goal setting (revision of teaching development plan created in Level 2)

Participants will deepen:

  • pedagogical knowledge
  • practical knowledge about teaching and learning
  • workplace professionalism and ethical principles in university teaching
  • capacity for:
    • giving, receiving, and responding to feedback
    • self-assessment, self-reflexive and self-reflective practice
    • acting as a critical colleague

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
  • 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.