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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 for all Teaching Assistants (TAs) and International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) consisting of workshops and departmental visits.

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Certificates and 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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Certificate in teaching and learning in higher education

This certificate consists of two courses that can be taken whenever works for you, throughout your time at York! The focus is on teaching and learning in higher education.

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Experiencing educational development in higher education

A 2-semester program designed for graduate students interested in collaborating with their peers to support teaching and learning at York University.

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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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Natasha May


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.