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Higher Education Teaching Certificate (HETC)

Higher Education Teaching Certificate (HETC)

The Higher Education Teaching Certificate is a part-time program designed for current graduate studies, 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.

This certificate program is offered in-person and is available to International and Domestic Students.

For questions regarding the HETC program contact Mekala Wickramasinghe, Graduate Studies Recruitment and Training Officer, at mek.wickramasinghe@uwinnipeg.ca.

Program Overview

Students 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).

2022-23 course dates: October 18 - December 13, 2022, Tuesdays from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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.

2022-23 course dates: February 7 - March 21, 2023, Tuesdays from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

3) Practicum
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.

Dates and times for the HETC practicums vary.

Tuition and Fees

The cost for current UWinnipeg graduate students and alumni who have graduated within the last three years is $100.00 per course.

At three courses, UWinnipeg graduate students and recent alumni can expect to pay $300.00 for the certificate.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must either be a current graduate student in good standing at The University of Winnipeg, or have received a degree from a University of Winnipeg graduate program within the past three years.

Application Procedure

To apply for the program, complete the Higher Education Teaching Certificate Application [.PDF, 167 KB] and return to gradstudies@uwinnipeg.ca 

You will be notified by email if you have been accepted into the program. Details on how to register for courses will follow in the email.