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Teaching development for graduate students and TAs

Develop your teaching credentials with us!

The Teaching Commons provides a range of teaching development opportunities for graduate students who would like to enhance their teaching and make connections with others who teach at York University. Scroll down to explore what we have to offer.

View our events calendar to see what is upcoming.

We also offer a plethora of online RESOURCES available to you at anytime!

TA/ITA orientation

Each fall, the Teaching Commons facilitates an Orientation to all Teaching Assistants (TAs) and International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) consisting of workshops and departmental visits.

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Certificates and accredited courses

Record of completion certificates

These certificates honour outstanding graduate students for their own professional development and ongoing dedication to the enhancement and improvement of teaching and learning at York University.

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TA Certificate in Teaching (TACT) Course

This EDC (Educational Developers Caucus) accredited 1-semester course is for teaching assistants to learn more about teaching in post-secondary education. It comprises six 1.5-hour synchronous sessions on Zoom plus additional online modules on eClass.

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Senior Teaching Assistant (STA) Program

This 2-semester program is designed for experienced TAs interested in further developing their teaching skills. It is accredited by the EDC (Educational Developers Caucus) Participants learn experientially by planning and facilitating teaching development events for their peers.

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Supporting Teaching At York (STAY) symposium

This symposium is offered annually by graduate students (the Teaching Commons Senior Teaching Assistants) for graduate students. It is an opportunity to share experiences, learn together, and enhance your classroom practice.

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Teaching Commons Tutor (TCT) Position

The Teaching Commons offers TA positions to full-time graduate students with proven interest in university level teaching and learning. Teaching Commons Tutors help the Teaching Commons to provide support and advice to TAs across the University.

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Inquiries

If you want to learn more about the support provided to graduate students and teaching assistants, or for any questions, email Natasha May, Educational Developer.

Email: maynat@yorku.ca