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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. 

2021-22 Offerings


Fall 2021

Wednesdays, 4:00 - 6:00pm (online for first 2 weeks, then in-person for all following weeks)

From September 15 to December 08, 2021

Prof. Anne Urbancic

Winter 2022

Thursdays, 11:00am - 1:00pm (in-person)

From January 13 to April 07, 2022


Prof. William Ju
How to apply

Applications for the Winter 2022 semester will open in mid-October. If you applied for the Fall 2021 semester and were not given a space, you can choose to have your application reviewed again for Winter 2022 admission without submitting another application. More info will be sent in early October. 

If you did not apply to THE500 for the fall 2021 semester, you can submit your application starting in mid-October.