Advanced University Teaching Preparation Certificate

This certificate is for currently-registered University of Toronto graduate students only. It is not open to undergraduate students. It targets those Masters and PhD students who are intending to pursue a teaching career in academe. You do not have to hold a teaching appointment at the time of registration in order to register for this certificate. Please note, you may not enrol in and complete the AUTP in less than one year.

Requirement: 10 TATP-sponsored workshops (4 required, please see information below), teaching practicum, teaching dossier review, written reflection.

Time Commitment:

10 TATP-sponsored workshops: 2 hours per workshop = 20 hours (please note that a small number of workshops are 2.5 or 3 hours in length which may increase the time commitment for some participants)

Teaching Dossier: ~20 hours to write statement, compile teaching materials, seek out evaluations (+ 1 hour consultation)

Practicum Component Options:

  • Microteaching : 2 hours of prep, 3 hours for workshop
  • In-Class Observation: Normal class prep, 30-minute pre-observation meeting, 1 hour of in-class observation, 1 hour for follow-up consultation
  • Teaching Practicum Cohort: 4, 2-hour workshops completed in a cohort. The theme of this cohort changes yearly.

Participants may complete 2 microteaching sessions, as long as their teaching demonstrations are different.


Participants may complete the Teaching Practicum Cohort to complete the Practicum requirement for the AUTP.

Written Reflection: 1 hour

Deadline: As of September 2023, all deadlines for certificates have been removed.

The AUTP Certificate (2 years) seeks to prepare graduate students interested in pursuing a career in academic teaching for the demands and rewards of university teaching. The AUTP program provides graduate students with the opportunity to expand their understanding of teaching and learning and to practice teaching in a supportive environment. Through interactive workshops, a teaching practicum and the preparation of a teaching dossier, they will receive focused, practical feedback on their own teaching practice and develop skills and documents that will take them through their postsecondary teaching careers

Completion of the AUTP Certificate Program involves 4 (four) components. There is no required order to the completion of program components, with the exception of the written reflection:

1) WORKSHOPS: Participation in a minimum of 10 (ten) TATP-sponsored workshops within the 2-year period of registration in the program. Of the 10 workshops, the participant must attend:

  • One workshop in the Equity and Access in Teaching and Learning category
  • One workshop in the Educational Technologies and Teaching with Technology category
  • One workshop in the Reflective Practice and Teaching Skills for Academic and Non-academic Careers category
  • One workshop in the Teaching Dossiers and Statements of Teaching Philosophy category

AUTP program participants must register separately for individual workshops of their choosing. See our Workshop Series Page for details and a list of currently-offered sessions. Please note that the TATP runs three workshop series throughout the year: Fall term, Winter term, and Summer Session I. Detailed workshop category descriptions are available.

2) TEACHING DOSSIER: Preparation and submission of a Teaching Dossier must be done one month before the end of the 2-year period.

You will receive credit for completing the teaching dossier component only when it has been approved by the TATP staff member. A follow-up meeting with a TATP staff member is required for completion.

3) PRACTICUM: Participants must complete 2 of the following practicum options:
a. Microteaching  (participants may complete 2 microteaching sessions towards the AUTP, as long as their teaching demonstrations are different)
c. In-class Observation

Or, participants can complete the Teaching Practicum by participating in the multi-session:
d. Teaching as Performance Practicum (not offered during the 2023-24 academic year)

4) WRITTEN REFLECTION: All AUTP registrants must submit a Written Reflection following completion of the AUTP certificate program requirements in order to receive their AUTP Certificate. The Written Reflection assesses the value and impact of the overall AUTP certificate program. The Written Reflection must be submitted before the 2-year period ends. No certificate will be issued until the Written Reflection has been received by the TATP office.

Students interested in completing the AUTP Certificate must register for the certificate program in order to receive credit for workshops towards their certificate. Practicum teaching activities are only available to AUTP participants.


(NB: Link will open the TATP’s new registration system. You must register as a user first. Once your user profile is created you can register for a certificate program, workshop or event.)