THE500 - General Information

In THE500, senior PhD candidates and PDFs will improve their teaching practice by becoming more knowledgeable about the ways in which students learn and about different teaching theories and styles.  Course participants will experience and take part in a variety of teaching situations, from small group work to more formal lecture sessions.  Ample opportunity will be given to participants to reflect on the course as it progresses and on their own teaching and learning experiences.

The success of THE 500 depends on participants’ willingness to share experiences, successes and frustrations with in-class and on-line instruction.  Each THE500 session also acts as a “laboratory” in which participants work cooperatively - sometimes in a teaching role, sometimes in a learner role. Therefore, enrolment in THE 500 is restricted to senior PhD students and post-doctoral fellows who have already had classroom experience (e.g., as a teaching assistant or as a course instructor). Priority will also be given to students who have participated in TATP workshops through CTSI, as these are considered "recommended preparation" for THE500.

THE500H is provided free of charge, and upon completion, graduate students will receive an official letter from the university confirming their completion of THE500H, with a brief description of its content. The course itself will not appear on your School of Graduate Studies transcript; however, THE500H counts as four credits towards the requirements of the Graduate Professional Skills program (GPS), and successful completion of this program does show on a student’s transcript. GPS is a professional skills development initiative from the School of Graduate Studies that provides graduate students with a range of opportunities for professional skills development. Please visit the GPS website for information on the program.


A sample course outline is available in the sidebar to the right.



1) THE500H1F  L0401  Fall 2017, Thursdays 1:00-3:00pm (Sep 07 - Nov 30;  *no class during reading week)

Instructor: Prof. Anne Urbancic

2) THE500H1S  L0201  Winter 2018, Tuesdays 4:00-6:00 pm (Jan 09 - Apr 03; *no class during reading week)

Instructor: Prof. Tony Key

3) THE500H1S  L0401  Winter 2018, Thursdays 3:00-5:00pm (Jan 04 - Mar 29; *no class during reading week)

Instructor: Prof. Diane Horton


Applications for the 2017-18 school year closed at 9:00am on Friday, July 21, 2017. If you submitted an application by this deadline, you can expect a response by August 18. 

For any questions, please contact us at:

Professional and International Programs Office
Woodsworth College, third floor (old house)
University of Toronto
119 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario. M5S 1A9
Telephone: 416-978-8713
Fax: 416-946-3516
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