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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.

THE500 counts as four credits toward the requirements of the Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) transcript notation within MyGPD. To learn more about the notation and The Centre for Graduate Professional Development, please visit the centre's website

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

2022-23 Offerings


Fall 2022

Wednesdays, 4:00 - 6:00pm (in-person on St George Campus)

From September 14 to December 07, 2022 

Prof. Anne Urbancic

Winter 2023

Dates and time TBA




How To Apply

The applications for Fall 2022 are now closed. Applications for Winter 2023 will open in October.

Once you start your application, you are not able to save your progress. Although many of the questions you should be able to complete in one sitting, there are several questions that may require some time or effort to write your response. We recommend that you download a copy of the questions (file is below) in advance, and you can type your responses into a personal word document you can save. When you are ready to start and submit your application online, you can copy your responses from the word document into the fields on the application.

After you have submitted the online application, you'll be able to save a copy of your responses as a PDF. You will NOT receive a confirmation email that your application was received, the PDF acts as a receipt of your application.


Application timeline  for the Fall 2023 semester
Monday, July 4 - Applications open online (at 9:00am EST)
Monday, August 8  - Applications close at 9:00am EST (deadline extended from Aug 2)
Week of August 15 - Applicants notified
Monday, August 22 - Offers sent out to waitlisted applicants if spaces become available (on-going through first week of September)