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Teaching in Higher Education (THE500)

Main façade of Woodsworth College

In THE500, senior PhD candidates and post-doctoral fellows 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 THE500 depends on the participants’ willingness to share their experiences, successes and frustrations with in-class and online instruction. Each THE500 session also acts as a “laboratory” in which participants work cooperatively -- sometimes in a teaching role, sometimes in a learner's role. Therefore, enrolment in THE500 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 Teaching Assistant Training Program (TATP) workshops through CTSI, the Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation, as these are considered recommended preparation for THE500.

THE500 is provided free of charge, and upon completion, graduate students will receive an official letter from the university confirming their completion of THE500, with a brief description of its content. The course itself will not appear on your School of Graduate Studies transcript.

However, THE500 counts as four credits toward the requirements of the Graduate Professional Skills program (GPS), and successful completion of the GPS program does appear 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.

Eligibility: THE500 is open to post-doctoral fellows and Ph-D candidates at the University of Toronto. 

2020-21 Offerings


Fall 2020

Wednesdays, 3:00 - 5:00pm

From September 16 to December 09, 2020

Prof. Anne Urbancic

Winter 2021

Tuesdays, 3:00 - 5:00pm

From January 05 to March 30, 2021

Prof. Alissa Trotz
Timeline for Winter 2021 semester applications

Thursday, October 15 - Applications open online
Monday, November 16 - Applications close (at 9:00am EST)
Week of November 23  - First round notifications sent out
Friday, November 28 - Confirmation of acceptance required
Tuesday, December 1 - Second round notifications begin (on-going basis as space permits)