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Record of completion certificates

The Teaching Commons offers two different certificates to recognize graduate student's and teaching assistant's dedication to the enhancement of teaching and learning at York University. You can earn one or both certificates each year.

Each certificate must be completed within one academic year (between September and August). 

Our most flexible certificate that does not require any teaching experience.

Attend any five (5) workshops offered by the Teaching Commons within one academic year (September to August). See the tab below with an overview of the workshops.

We will record your attendance at eligible workshops, and email you an electronic copy of your certificate. Certificates are emailed in December and June each academic year.

There is nothing specific you need to do to enrol in this certificate program, but if you think you've earned a certificate, but don't receive notification by the end of December or June, email maynat@yorku.ca

Workshop Topic or Title (tentative)Month typically offeredApproximate length (in hours)
Designing your TutorialSeptember1
Marking and Grading PracticesSeptember & January3
Effective Strategies for Teaching in a LabSeptember1
Teaching Students with DisabilitiesSeptember1
Supporting First Year StudentsSeptember1
Teaching Critical Reading SkillsOctober1
Making Meaningful Connections with your StudentsOctober1
Participatory Learning: How to Engage your StudentsOctober1
Teaching Critical Research SkillsOctober1
Teaching in a Multicultural ClassroomOctober1
What is Conflict?October1
Facilitating DiscussionsOctober1
Learn How to Do a Teaching DossierOctober2
Teaching Critical Writing SkillsNovember1
Using Active Learning StrategiesNovember1
Dealing with Classroom and Student ConflictNovember1
Introduction to Course Design: Learning OutcomesNovember & May1.5
Introduction to Course Design: AssessmentNovember & May1.5
Fostering Academic IntegrityJanuary1.5
Classroom strategies for when they have done the readingsJanuary1
Asking effective questions to facilitate learningJanuary1
Teaching, research and a life? Finding the right balanceFebruary1
Special Topics chosen by Senior Teaching AssistantsFebruary-March1 hour each (up to 20 sessions)
Learn How to Do a Teaching DossierMarch2
Reflective teaching and evaluationApril1

This certificate is for more experienced graduate students, meaning it will take at least one full semester to earn the certificate. Participation in workshops will give you experience needed to fully engage in the STAY Symposium (the final requirement of the certificate).

  1. Attend at least four (4) Workshops*  AND
  2. Register and attend the  STAY Symposium which takes place annually in May

*To earn both the Junior and Senior Certificates in the same year, you must attend at least 9 workshops and the STAY Symposium.

The Teaching Commons will record your attendance at eligible workshops, and email you an electronic copy of your certificate. Certificates are emailed in December and June each academic year.

There is nothing specific you need to do to enrol in this certificate program, but if you think you've earned a certificate, but don't receive notification by the end of December or June, email maynat@yorku.ca

Workshop Topic or Title (tentative)Month typically offeredApproximate length (in hours)
Designing your TutorialSeptember1
Marking and Grading PracticesSeptember & January3
Effective Strategies for Teaching in a LabSeptember1
Teaching Students with DisabilitiesSeptember1
Supporting First Year StudentsSeptember1
Teaching Critical Reading SkillsOctober1
Making Meaningful Connections with your StudentsOctober1
Participatory Learning: How to Engage your StudentsOctober1
Teaching Critical Research SkillsOctober1
Teaching in a Multicultural ClassroomOctober1
What is Conflict?October1
Facilitating DiscussionsOctober1
Learn How to Do a Teaching DossierOctober2
Teaching Critical Writing SkillsNovember1
Using Active Learning StrategiesNovember1
Dealing with Classroom and Student ConflictNovember1
Introduction to Course Design: Learning OutcomesNovember & May1.5
Introduction to Course Design: AssessmentNovember & May1.5
Fostering Academic IntegrityJanuary1.5
Classroom strategies for when they have done the readingsJanuary1
Asking effective questions to facilitate learningJanuary1
Teaching, research and a life? Finding the right balanceFebruary1
Special Topics chosen by Senior Teaching AssistantsFebruary-March1 hour each (up to 20 sessions)
Learn How to Do a Teaching DossierMarch2
Reflective teaching and evaluationApril1

Contact

For any inquiries related to the Record of Completion Certificates, contact Natasha May, Educational Developer.

Email: maynat@yorku.ca