professional development

CTLT Offering Graduate Student Certificate Program

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Graduate Student Certificate Program

The Graduate Certificate Program (GCP) is a year and a half long (September 2016 – December 2017) teaching development program that supports the development of graduate students’ expertise in teaching and learning. It serves both graduate students seeking excellence in teaching and learning in their future roles as faculty, as well as those who will apply the skills outside of traditional faculty roles. The GCP prepares graduate students who seek faculty positions focused on teaching and learning specifically, and more broadly creates a cohort of graduate students positioned for future educational leadership.

The Graduate Certificate Program consists of the following elements:

  • Blended Cohort – Meets twice per month on Friday afternoons for two hours per meeting, and includes two hours of online work per month.
  • Practicum – The GCP requires that you arrange two one-hour (minimum) practical teaching experiences per term as a guest instructor, in the community, or in industry. You will also observe two one-hour sessions taught by your peers per term.
  • Mentoring – You will work with a mentor, under terms to be discussed with your mentor, but which will include some classroom observation and some classroom discussion. Please see the Mentorship Guidelines for more information.
  • SoTL – You will engage in a small-scale Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) pilot project based on the work you have done in your practicum. Please see the Practicum Guidelines for more information.

Please note that there will not be an application fee however, successful registrants will have to pay a registration fee. Details on the fee will be posted shortly.

Who can apply?

The Program is open to all graduate students who have completed an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) and will remain graduate students until the end of the year 2017.

How do I apply?

We are currently accepting 12-14 successful applicants to the 2016-2017 cohort. Deadline for submission is April 30, 2016.
Apply now >

For any questions you might have about the GCP, please e-mail .

Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellness Training at UBC – Oct 1, 2015

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Dear grad students,
NITEP is hosting a new student program that provides resources and ways to be a peer support helper/trainer for mental health and wellness. There is space for interested Aboriginal students to participate, especially in the morning session. Please contact Jessica LaRochelle if you are interested in attending this training workshop. Regards, Jo-ann
Thursday, October 1: Mental Health and Wellness Training

This FREE training is open to all Aboriginal students at UBC. Students will learn about Mental Health and Wellness, gain valuable professional development, and find out how they can access resources through the UBC Wellness Centre and other local support services. Topics include (but not limited to) Self-Care and Boundaries, Providing Support to Students in Distress, Respectful Relationships within Aboriginal Communities, and Building a Support System.

Thursday, October 1
8:30 AM – 12:15 PM (12:45-4:00 sessions optional for non-NITEP students)
Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, First Nations Longhouse

RSVP to Continental Breakfast and hot lunch will be provided. Include your name, faculty, and any allergies/dietary restrictions in your email. RSVP as soon as possible.  The afternoon session is now optional for non-NITEP students as it will focus more on their roles as NITEP Wellness Resource people.

Summer 2015 Pro-D Opportunities – UBC Faculty of Education

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On Campus | Off Campus

Apprendre et enseigner la grammaire communicative en langue seconde

academic credit

Si vous voulez améliorer votre français écrit et réunir des ressources pour votre classe, le cours Gramligne enseigné en ligne par la Faculté d¹Éducation de l¹Université de Colombie-Britannique est pour vous!

Cours en ligne| Du 11 mai au 14 août

The Sundance Practice

for academic credit or non-credit participation

This course was designed in partnership with elders from the Kainai Aboriginal community. The original idea for stems from a vision, request and invitation from these elders. The program combines lectures and seminars at UBC in Vancouver and a ten-day visit to the Kainai reserve in Alberta, which includes a four-day observation of a Sundance ceremony.

UBC Vancouver & Kainai Reserve, Alberta | June 29 – July 13


Developing Self-Regulating Learners
non-credit participation

This Institute is designed for any educator interested ³self-regulation² and ³SRL², whether they are just starting their learning in this area, or whether they have already been engaged in inquiry or professional learning about self-regulation and SRL for some time.

UBC Vancouver | July 2, 3 & 4


Mentorship Institute at UBC
non-credit participation

This 2nd Mentorship Institute at UBC aims to continue building a provincial network of leaders in school district/local new teacher mentorship. The event is co-sponsored by UBC Faculty of Education, the BC School Superintendents Association and the BCTF.

UBC Vancouver | July 2, 3 & 4

Joint UBC-Ritsumeikan Program

for academic credit

The Joint TESL Certificate program is developed in partnership between UBC¹s Department of Language & Literacy Education and Ritsumeikan University (Graduate School of Language Education and Information Science), in Kyoto, Japan.

UBC Vancouver & Kyoto Japan | July – August

Advanced Physical Education: Elementary

for academic credit

The content of this course focuses on understanding about, because of, and through movement and the ways in which it pertains to the whole education of children. We will cover a wide range of learning experiences which reflect the K-7 physical education curriculum as outlined in the IRP (Integrated Resource Package).

UBC Vancouver | July 6­24

Drama, literacy, and creativity

for academic credit and non-credit participation

This institute examines how drama can enhance learning experiences in multiple contexts and disciplines, through creative approaches suitable for learners of all ages, levels of ability, and cultural or linguistic backgrounds.

UBC Vancouver | July 6-10

Promoting Physical Literacy through Active Play in Early Learning Environments

for academic credit and non-credit participation

This course will discuss the benefits of active play (indoor and outdoor; structured and unstructured). We will also critically examine current physical activity guidelines and the role of such guidelines in early learning environments.

UBC Vancouver | July 6-17


Health Literacy for Children and Youth
for academic credit


This course examines the dimensions of health and the need for children and youth wellness programming in schools. We explore the role of stakeholders (government officials, community organizations, school districts, principals, etc.), in promoting and supporting health literacy.

UBC Vancouver | July 6 -24

for academic credit and non-credit participation

This institute is designed for teachers, graduate students, curriculum developers, professional development leaders and museum educators who want to enhance their expertise at designing and teaching history courses and programs with explicit attention to historical thinking.

UBC Vancouver & Museum of Vancouver | July 6 -11

Curriculum for Global Education

for academic credit

This course will focus on the curricular implications in bringing global issues (e.g. peace, development, environment, human rights, multiculturalism anti-racism, sustainability, future studies, etc.) into the classroom, with particular attention to appropriate pedagogy and assessment that support global education.

Kelowna Secondary School | July 6-10

Taking young children¹s sleep seriously: From research to practice

for academic credit and non-credit participation

Research indicates that children¹s poor sleep quality and/or short sleep duration is associated with detrimental effects on their learning, memory, behaviour, mood, and attention. This course will discuss infants¹ and children¹s healthy sleep patterns, negative sleep associations, factors that promote healthy sleep, and potential pathophysiological contributions to sleep issues.

UBC Vancouver | July 6-17

Field House Curriculum Development Project ­ Vancouver Park Board

for academic credit and non-credit participation

Want to help get more kids outdoors, more often while in school or after school programs? Want to assist in creating curriculum and learning materials that will be used by children and teachers all over Vancouver? Want to be part of a meaningful outdoor, environmental educational project? In this course, you will help transform Vancouver Park Board Field Houses into educational and learning facilities accessible by citizens of Vancouver.

UBC Vancouver | July 6-24

L¹évaluation de la compétence langagière en langue seconde ou additionnelle
academic credit

Ce cours enseigné en français s¹applique à l¹évaluation de toutes les langues. Si vous enseignez le français ou en français ou une autre langue et que votre niveau de français vous permet de suivre un cours en français vous pouvez bénéficier de ce cours.

Cours en ligne| Du 6 au 24 juillet

Inquiry and Innovation for System Leaders

non-credit participation

A two day intensive working session for leadership teams interested in making inquiry-informed and innovative practices a way of life in your school and district settings.

UBC Vancouver | July 7-8

Food Studies

for academic credit

This course is designed to prepare students for teaching food studies at the middle and secondary level. Drawing from a variety of readings, group discussion and hands-on learning experiences, we will explore the practical aspects of teaching foods, as well as contemporary themes, including how to infuse an ecological perspective into our pedagogy.

Kelowna Secondary School | July 13-17

for academic credit and non-credit participation

Through the lens of reconciliation participants of this course will engage with educational leaders and resources that provide direction for how education programs and teaching practices can be modified in order to meaningfully integrate Indigenous knowledge worldviews and pedagogies in classrooms, schools and communities.

UBC Vancouver | July 13 ­ 17

Integrating Agricultural Themes Across the Curriculum

for academic credit

This course explores practical ways to integrate concepts related to food production and consumption, food safety, agricultural issues, and sustainability across the curriculum at all grade levels.

Abbotsford, BC | July 20-24

for academic credit

Health education in high schools can be challenging to teach, but also exciting and rewarding for both teachers and students. The current BC mandated curriculum ­ Health & Career Ed 8/9 and Planning 10 will be a focus in this course. Come to class prepared to inspire and be inspired.

UBC Vancouver | July 27 ­ Aug 14


Reggio Inspired Practice in Early Years Classrooms
for academic credit

This course is designed for teachers (in preschool, kindergarten and primary grades) who are interested in learning about and/or in deepening their knowledge and understanding of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. The course will focus on the foundational principles of the Reggio Emilia approach and their application in our local educational contexts.

Richmond | August 4-14

Family Support Institute of BC

non-credit participation

This course will focus on supporting individuals with developmental disabilities at beginning stages of learning to read, regardless of age, grade or ability level. Participants will receive guided support in selecting goals and objectives, instructional strategies, materials and resources.

UBC Vancouver | Aug 31 – Sept 2


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Graduate Pathways to Success Session: Skills of Communication (Mitacs)

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Registration is now open for:

Skills of Communication (Mitacs)

Wednesday, February 25th, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

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Three Minute Thesis: To present in a heat, see the schedule at .

Miss the ‘Strategies for Presenting your Thesis in 3 Minutes’ webinar?  View it online at:

St. John’s College PhD connections lunch for 1st year PhD Students.  Topic:  ‘Effective Supervisory Relationships’

Friday, March 6th, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM  *free* (normally $5)

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There is still space available in this week’s Introduction to Interacting with the Media:

Tuesday, February 17th, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

For a complete session description, please see

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Please let me know if you have questions.

Thank you,

Jacqui Brinkman

Manager, Graduate Pathways to Success Program | Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus

Phone 604 827 4578 | Fax 604 822 5802

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