TLSS - Teaching and Learning Support Service

Certificate in University Teaching for Faculty Members and Instructors

What is this certificate?

The certificate in university teaching is a flexible, learner-centered professional development program*. 

It will allow you to reflect on and explore up-to-date and relevant university teaching practices in order to enhance the quality of instruction you provide.   

* The certificate is a free, not-for-credit program which is not part of the regular course offerings sanctioned by the University of Ottawa Senate. 

Who is this certificate for?

  • Full and part-time professors
  • Laboratory supervisors and fieldwork/placement coordinators
  • Anyone working in a teaching or training capacity at the University of Ottawa

When can I register and start the certificate?

You can register and start the certificate anytime throughout the year that suits you best.

How long do I have to complete the certificate?

  • Once registered, you will be able to complete the certificate requirements at your own pace over a period of no more than three years.

To register, please contact the Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS) : 

What are the objectives of the certificate?

This program will enable you to :  

  • systematically reflect on the quality of your teaching;
  • analyze the foundational principles of university teaching and adult learning, including active learning and learning-centered pedagogies and their impact on learners;
  • apply innovative practices to your teaching, including technologies that support learning within a university context;
  • develop a network of collaborators to support your reflective practice over time.

What are the admission requirements for the certificate?

  • Currently teach students or facilitate staff development full or part-time at the University of Ottawa
  • Demonstrate interest in and motivation to do professional development
  • Able to commit a minimum of 4 hours per month to the certificate over a maximum period of 3 years. This represents a total of 45 hours of formal professional development activities and up to 90 hours of self-directed learning activities.

What are the requirements for obtaining the certificate?

At the end of the program, you will receive a professional development certificate recognizing that you met the predetermined quality criteria outlined in your learning plan.

** Certificates are conferred in the spring during a brief ceremony. However, the TLSS can provide you with the certificate should you be unable to attend the ceremony or if you need confirmation of achievement prior to the event. 

What topics are included?

Based on your individual learning plan and available resources, you can choose from the following list of suggested topics:

  • Course, workshop or webinar design
  • Classroom or group management, positive learning environments
  • Learner engagement, motivation and active learning 
  • Technologies to facilitate learning within a university context
  • Learning assessments
  • Writing an effective syllabus and lesson plans
  • Teaching and learning theories
  • Innovative teaching strategies
  • Educational facilitation
  • Small and large group dynamics 
  • Online or distance teaching 
  • Diversity, inclusion and accessibility
  • Issues in course evaluation
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning and/or 
    scholarship of educational leadership 
  • Program evaluation
  • Curriculum development
  • Others

What types of activities are offered?

You can choose activities based on your individual learning plan and available resources from the list of suggestions below: 

  • Supervised readings 
  • One-on-one consultations, mentorship
  • Class observation with feedback
  • Educational or technological workshops (TLSS program)
  • Theoretical and practical mini-lessons 
  • Seminars and communities of practice: in-depth discussions, analysis of teaching practices
  • Scenarios, micro-teaching
  • Reflective activities on one’s teaching practice 
  • Teaching philosophy and dossier portfolio
  • Post-certificate development plan
  • Others

Will professional development activities completed prior to starting the certificate be recognized?

Yes, as long as the activities meet your current professional development needs and plan. 

The workshops, webinars and lectures you have already attended must have been completed in the academic year prior to registering in the certificate program.

These activities must be approved by the TLSS certificate coordinator before being included in your list of activities that count toward the requirements for the 45 hours of formal professional development.

Who can I contact if I have any questions?

You can contact us at  or by phone at 613-562-5300. 

You can also visit us at the TLSS one-stop reception desk located in Vanier Hall, room 1001.