Graduate Teaching Program (GTP)
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    • Approximately 1 year

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    Time commitment

    • 1-2 hours per week

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    • In-person
    • Learner-led

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    • Masters and PhD students
    • Post-doctoral fellows

Important dates

  • Fall 2021 program registration opens at 10 a.m.

Program details

The knowledge and skills attained in the Level 1: Novice GTP will help graduate students and post-doctoral fellows further develop their confidence and competence as a new teacher.

  • The Level 1: Novice GTP is accredited through SEDA, a professional association in the United Kingdom that promotes innovation and good practices in higher education.

    Within SEDA, the Level 1: Novice GTP is accredited under the SEDA Professional Development Framework (SEDA-PDF) named award Supporting Learning.

    The program is underpinned by the SEDA Values, the Core Development Outcomes, and the Specialist Outcomes for this award, which can be found at

    You will learn to:

    • Prepare for lifelong learning in the field of higher education teaching.
    • Understand ethics and integrity in teaching.
    • Understand and support diversity and inclusion in teaching.
    • Develop an awareness of higher education pedagogy.
    • Develop professionalism in a teaching role.
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Program components

There are three mandatory components: orientation, two teaching essentials institutes, and seven workshops. There are also a series of assessments at various stages in the program that are associated with the SEDA values and outcomes.


  • Full day: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Offered in February, May, and October each year

During the orientation, participants will learn about program requirements, suggested pathways for completion, and the SEDA values and outcomes.

Two teaching essentials institutes

Teaching Essentials 1 Institute (GTPNTE1)

  • Full day: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Offered in February, May, and October each year

The Teaching Essentials 1 Institute (GTPNTE1) marks the beginning of the program. Participants will identify and reflect upon principles of adult learning and effective teaching practices, engage in reflective practice, begin to develop a teaching philosophy statement, create professional development goals, and learn about academic employment at the University of Manitoba.

Teaching Essentials 2 Institute (GTPNTE2)

  • Full day: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Offered in January, April, and September each year

Teaching Essentials 2 Institute (GTPNTE2) marks the end of the program. Participants will identify strategies for maintaining a work/life balance as a graduate student and new teacher, identify strategies for designing and delivering effective presentations, and further articulate their professional development plan for future growth and development as a teacher.

The minimum number of participants needed to offer the Teaching Essentials Institutes is 6 participants. The maximum number of participants allowed per Teaching Essentials 2 Institute is 18 participants. Participants will be notified by The Centre if either institute is cancelled. 

Seven workshops

  • Half day: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Offered up to six times each year (except GTPN02A, GTPN02B, and GTPN02C, which are each offered three times per year).

The workshops provide essential information on a variety of teaching topics related to working with students in the classroom. The workshops are designed to be interactive and engaging where participants will learn with and from their peers.

  1. Preparing to Teach your First Day of Class (GTPN01)
  2. One of the following:
    • Facilitating Discussion-Based Seminars (GTPN02A
    • Facilitating Labs (GTPN02B)
    • Facilitating Student-Centered Lectures (GTPN02C)
  3. Supporting Diverse Learners (GTPN03)
  4. Conflict Management (GTPN04)
  5. Ethical Practice (GTPN05)
  6. Grading Practices and Constructive Written Feedback (GTPN06)
  7. Verbal Feedback and Presentation Skills (GTPN07)

The minimum number of workshop participants needed to offer a workshop is 6 participants.  If there are 5 or fewer participants, the workshop may be cancelled at the discretion of the facilitator. Participants will receive notification from The Centre if the workshop is cancelled either the day of or prior to the workshop.

Registration for the Level 1: Novice GTP workshops can be found on The Centre’s Upcoming workshops and events webpage under “Graduate workshops.”

While the graduate workshops are available to all graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, only those enrolled in the Level 1: Novice GTP and who have attended the orientation and Teaching Essentials 1 Institute are eligible to receive credit for the workshops towards the program. Workshop credit will not be given to potential GTP participants or those who have recently enrolled in the program but have yet to attend the orientation and Teaching Essentials 1 Institute. It is strongly recommended that these individuals wait to take the workshops at a later date to ensure workshop credit eligibility.

Program assessments

As part of the Level 1: Novice GTP, participants will be asked to submit assessments at various stages in the program. To graduate from the program, all assessments need to be completed successfully. 

The Level 1: Novice GTP program assessments include:

Reflection papers
Participants will complete nine reflection papers throughout the program. Each reflection will connect institute or workshop content to the associated SEDA values and outcomes.

Teaching philosophy statement
During the Teaching Essentials 1 Institute, participants will develop elements of their teaching philosophy statement including what qualities make a “good” instructor and why these qualities are important. Participants will then draft a teaching philosophy statement for feedback after the institute. During the Teaching Essentials 2 Institute at the end of the program, participants will deliver a short presentation that conveys the key ideas in their teaching philosophy statement (see below for more information on the oral presentation).

Professional growth plan
Participants will begin to develop a professional growth plan where they will set two short-term teaching goals they will work to achieve while in the program and one long-term goal for their future teaching development. They will re-visit and modify their professional development plan in the Teaching Essentials 2 Institute.

Oral presentation
As part of the Teaching Essentials 2 Institute, participants will deliver a 10-minute presentation based on their teaching philosophy statement and their selection of three SEDA values and outcomes they acquired while in the program.

Final reflection essay
In this final assessment, participants will write a reflection on all of the information presented during the Level 1: Novice GTP and how it connects to the SEDA values and outcomes. Reflection papers completed throughout the program will provide the basis for writing this final reflection essay.

Sample schedule

The Level 1: Novice GTP is designed to be a one-year program with a maximum of two years allotted to complete all program requirements. However, participants may be eligible for an extension (of up to 12 months) provided that they have been active in the program.

The program is designed to be flexible and it is possible to complete the program at a faster pace should participants wish to do so

Sample one-year schedule

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3

Attend orientation and Teaching Essentials 1 Institute

Attend 3-4 workshops Attend Teaching Essentials 2 Institute
Attend 3-4 workshops   Pass all assessments for Teaching Essentials 1 Institute and all workshops Pass assessments for Teaching Essentials 2 Institute

Completing the Level 1: Novice GTP according to the sample schedule is contingent upon participants passing all required assessments as well as there being the minimum numbers necessary to run the workshops and institutes. 

Completion and graduation

Once participants have completed the Teaching Essentials 1 Institute, all seven workshops, the Teaching Essentials 2 Institute, and have passed all program assessments, they will be notified by The Centre of their eligibility for graduation.

Graduates of the Level 1: Novice GTP will receive certificates of completion from SEDA and The Centre. Certificates are issued twice per year in May and October.

Participants must complete the Level 1: Novice GTP prior to graduating from or completing their post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Manitoba. Participants should ensure they leave enough time to finish program requirements prior to their graduation/concluding their post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Manitoba. Graduation from the Level 1: Novice GTP and the University of Manitoba in the same month cannot be guaranteed.

Information sessions

We strongly recommended that potential participants review the GTP Information Session with Audio (PPT) before registering for the program.


The Level 1: Novice GTP has three intakes per year: February, May and October. There is a capacity of 25 participants per intake. Registrations are processed on a first come, first served basis. There is no waitlist for the program.

Program registration for the Fall 2021 intake will open on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 10 a.m. 
The registration link will appear here at 10 a.m.

When registering for the program, participants must be available to attend both the two half days for orientation and the two half days for the Teaching Essentials 1 Institute. If they are unable to attend both events (see the dates and times listed below for the upcoming intake), they will be required to register for the program again in a subsequent intake.

Orientation Fall 2021


  • Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 9 to 11 a.m. and
  • Wednesday, October 6, 2021 from 9 to 11:15 a.m. 


  • Online via Webex

Teaching Essentials 1 Institute (GTPNTE1) Fall 2021


  • Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. and
  • Friday, October 15, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


  • Online via Webex

If participants register for the program and have 12 or fewer months remaining in their graduate studies or post-doctoral fellowship, they will be required to meet with the GTP Lead – Delivery at The Centre during program registration week before they will be accepted into the program. Potential participants with 12 or fewer months remaining may also request a meeting in advance of the next program registration date by emailing

Contact us

The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning
65 Dafoe Road, Winnipeg, MB
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada