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Professional Development in Teaching Program

Professional Development Program for Ryerson Graduate Students with 3 certifications

This voluntary program is designed to

  • Provide professional development in teaching for Ryerson Graduate Students and Graduate Assistants (GAs)
  • Provide opportunities for Ryerson Graduate Students and GAs to become more effective in their work at Ryerson and to mentor others
  • Provide a certificate in learning and teaching upon completion of each of three levels of this program

 

NEW: Levels 1 and 2 of the Professional Development in Teaching Program have received accreditation through the SEDA UK Professional Development Framework (SEDA-PDF).  

SEDA UK is a professional association for staff and educational developers in the UK that promotes innovation and good practice in higher education.

Level 1 is open to all Ryerson Graduate Students. It is comprised of three components:

  1. 8 hours of workshops facilitated by the Learning and Teaching Office or at the Departmental or Faculty level. This can include the mandatory, paid TA/GA training offered by each Department. Please note: faculty workshops cannot be counted for credit.
    • Participants should keep a record of their workshop attendance using this Record Card [pdf], which is submitted to the program coordinator upon completion.
  2. CILT 100 Learning and Teaching in Higher Education I, a 6-week (18-hour) course. This course is offered each semester, including Spring/Summer through the Chang School of Continuing Education at no cost. Read a brief description of the CILT 100 course [pdf].
  3. ~1000 word reflection incorporating experiences from both the workshops and CILT 100. Participants should use this template to structure their reflection [doc].

Upon completion of Level 1, participants will be able to:

  1. Develop their teaching practice in the context of their own TA/GA role
  2. Understand and apply principles of student engagement and classroom inclusivity
  3. Investigate student learning in a university setting
  4. Develop a Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  5. Engage in a learning community made up of peers from across the university"

Register for the Professional Development in Teaching Program

Level 2 is open to Ryerson Graduate Students who are interested in a teaching career and have completed Level 1. It is comprised of three components:

  1. CILT 105 Learning and Teaching in Higher Education II, a 6-week (18-hour) course. This course is offered each semester, including Spring/Summer, through the Chang School of Continuing Education at no cost. Read a brief description of the CILT 105 course [pdf]. Please Note: This course is only open to those who have completed Level 1 of the Professional Development Program.
  2. One of the following two options:
  3. ~1000 word reflection incorporating experiences from CILT 105 and either the ISW or the Apprenticeship. Participants should use this template to structure their reflection [doc].

Upon completion of Level 2, participants will be able to:

  1. Design and deliver effective and engaging lessons
  2. Design and develop a course outline based upon stated learning outcomes
  3. Develop appropriate assessments that assess the extent to which learning outcomes have been achieved
  4. Develop a Teaching Dossier
  5. Engage in a learning community made up of peers from across the university

Registration of Level 2 is restricted to individuals who have completed Level 1.

Level 3 is open to Ryerson Graduate Students who are interested in a teaching career and have completed Level 1 and Level 2. It is comprised of two components:

  1. A completed 20-40 page Teaching Dossier. This document builds on the work participants complete in CILT 105 by expanding on the areas of teaching evidence and evaluation, including appendices.
  2. One of the following two options:
    • Design and facilitate 2 teaching and learning workshops tailored for Level 1 participants. Participants must submit a lesson plan for their workshop a minimum of 2 weeks in advance for approval by the program coordinator.
    • Design and facilitate 1 workshop and write a 500-750 word Best Practices article using appropriate teaching and learning resources. Participants must submit an outline of their article in advance for approval by the program coordinator.

The outcomes of Level 3 are:

  1. Peer mentorship of Levels 1 and 2
  2. Learning and teaching workshop design and delivery
  3. Completion of a Teaching Dossier
  4. Completion of the Ryerson Graduate Student Professional Development in Teaching Program
  5. Formal recognition of completion of the Ryerson Graduate Student Professional Development in Teaching Program

Levels 1 and 2 have been accredited through the SEDA-PDF named award “Supporting Learning”. All programs accredited by SEDA are guided by the SEDA values:

  1. An understanding of how people learn
  2. Scholarship, professionalism and ethical practice
  3. Working in and developing learning communities
  4. Working effectively with diversity and promoting inclusivity
  5. Continuing reflection on professional practice
  6. Developing people and processes

and SEDA Core Development Outcomes. Award recipients will be able to:

  1. Identify their own professional development goals, directions or priorities
  2. Plan for their initial and/or continuing professional development
  3. Undertake appropriate development activities
  4. Review their development and practice, and the relations between them

In addition, there are a number of specialist outcomes associated with the SEDA-PDF named award “Supporting Learning.” Award recipients will be able to:

  1. Use a variety of appropriate approaches to enable learning
  2. Use a variety of methods for evaluating their role in supporting learning
  3. Inform their professional role with relevant strategy, policy and quality considerations

Those who complete Levels 1 and 2 of the Professional Development in Teaching Program will receive an internationally recognized certificate from SEDA UK.

Questions/Primary Contact

Curtis Maloley, MA
Educational Developer
Ext. 6598, cmaloley@ryerson.ca

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