Higher Education Teaching Certificate (HETC)

Graduate Studies

Higher Education Teaching Certificate (HETC)

This program is undergoing an administrative shift and will not be accepting applications until further notice.

The Higher Education Teaching Certificate is a part-time program designed for current graduate studies or honours students, or recent alumni wanting to prepare for teaching responsibilities in a university setting. It is intended to be an introduction to the teaching culture of academia, providing a foundation for the theory and practice of higher education and pedagogy. This certificate emphasizes course preparation, communication and presentation skills.

Currently only available for Domestic Students. In class only*.

*Available Online due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Contact for questions.

Tuition and Fees

Current UWinnipeg students or alumni who have graduated within the last year: $100 per course

General tuition: $300

Admission Requirements

Be a high school graduate or hold a Mature Status Diploma.

  • MUST provide High School Transcript or recognized equivalent GED or Mature Grade 12 Diploma.


Be 18 years of age or older and have completed 90 hours of coursework or more at a recognized post-secondary institution (including UWPACE) with minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

  • MUST provide an official transcript for all previous post-secondary study (including university, CEGEP, or private college).

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose previous education was completed outside of Canada and where English may or may not have been the medium of instruction, must submit proof of meeting ONE of the English language proficiency measures. Download the UWPACE English Language Requirements (PDF) for additional English proficiency tests and programs and waiver options for the English language requirements.

Program Overview

Student are required to complete Planning & Preparing to Teach, Teaching & Presenting in an Academic Setting and an 18 hour Practicum.

1) Planning and Preparing to Teaching

Preparation of a course syllabus, including the development of course objectives or course outcomes; preparation for teaching a course; philosophy of teaching and learning; evaluation; creating an assessment rubric; defending your assessment decisions; and issues related to course delivery. As part of this course, participants prepare a Teaching Point Of View (TPOV), Teaching Dossier and Curriculum Vitae (CV).

2)Teaching and Presenting in an Academic Setting 

This course provides students with the opportunity to acquire a set of teaching strategies ranging from direct to highly interactive, facilitative ones. As a result, they learn how to teach not just to their students but also, for, with and by them and meet both their cognitive and affective needs in the process. An important feature of this workshop is that all participants are provided opportunities to practice these diverse strategies and receive thoroughgoing feedback including videotape feedback.


As part of this course, students attend and engage in the following teaching and learning experiences: discipline-related workshops, conferences and/or departmental meetings/events. These experiences will be journaled and students will also participate in a supervised teaching experience of at least 9 hours involving classroom, seminar and/or lecture classes. The teaching experience includes mentored experiences through the processes of the preparation of a teaching plan, an assessment of the teaching and of the students’ progress.

For more information, contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies at or Dylan Jones at