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Teaching in Higher Education (THE500)

Main façade of Woodsworth College

In THE500, senior PhD candidates and post-doctoral fellows improve their teaching practice by becoming more knowledgeable about the ways in which students learn and about different teaching theories and styles.

Course participants experience and take part in a variety of teaching situations, from small group work to more formal lecture sessions. Ample opportunity is 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 is also 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 to graduate U of T students. Students 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

2022-23 Offerings

THE500H1F Section L0301

Fall 2022

Eligibility: Open to post-doctoral fellows and PhD candidates at the University of Toronto. 

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

From September 14 to December 07, 2022 

Prof. Anne Urbancic
THE500H1S Section L0301

Winter 2023

Eligibility: Open to post-doctoral fellows and PhD candidates at the University of Toronto. 

Application deadline for Section L0301: 14 Nov 2022

*Please note: session meeting dates have been rescheduled to below (as of October 21, 2022).

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

From January 11 to April 05, 2023

Prof. Anne Urbancic
THE500H1S Section L0201

Winter 2023

Eligibility: Open to post-doctoral fellows and PhD candidates who are affiliated with the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).  

Woodsworth College is pleased to offer a separate offering (Section L0201) of THE500 Teaching in Higher Education to SickKids fellows and students. This section is funded by the SickKids Research Training Centre, Hospital for Sick Children.

If you are a SickKids fellow, submit the application for Section L0201 at University of Toronto during the 2023 winter term.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY for Section L0201

Application deadline for Section L0201: 9am November 28, 2022 (extended)

If you have any questions about THE500 offered through this initiative, please contact Beth Munro at

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

From January 11 to April 05, 2023

Prof. Colleen Dockstader

How To Apply

Applications for Winter 2023 are now closed.

Application timeline for the Winter 2023 semester (Section L0301)
Monday, October 3 - Applications open online
Monday, November 14  - Applications close at 9:00am EST (note: deadline extended)
Week of November 21- Applicants notified
Monday, November 28 - Offers sent out to waitlisted applicants if spaces become available (on-going through first week of January) 


APPLICATIONS FOR Winter 2023 closed