Faculty Certificate in Teaching Excellence

Overview of Faculty Certificate

Welcome to the Faculty Certificate in Teaching Excellence. This comprehensive suite of programs will allow you to explore and implement a variety of teaching strategies, engage with scholarly literature, and reflect critically on your approaches to teaching.

Participants who complete the certificate will:

  • Design courses that align learning outcomes, teaching strategies, and assessments to effectively promote student learning.
  • Engage with an interdisciplinary group of peers to build a network of support for teaching, exchange resources and expand teaching practices beyond disciplinary boundaries.
  • Examine key theories about teaching and learning in higher education and relate these theories to their teaching practice.
  • Select among and incorporate a variety of technologies into their teaching practice to promote student engagement and support lesson and course outcomes.
  • Reflect critically on all aspects of their teaching practice.
  • Prepare a cohesive teaching dossier that accurately reflects their philosophy of, experiences with, and innovations in teaching and learning.


  • Explore one of two specialized areas of higher education: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) or Educational Leadership.

Certificate Components

There are five components required to complete the Faculty Teaching Certificate as follows:

1) Instructional Skills Workshop

The Instructional Skills Workshop is an internationally-recognized program designed to enhance the teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. Using an intensive experiential learning approach, participants are provided with information on the theory and practice of teaching adult learners, the selection and writing of useful learning objectives with accompanying lesson plans, techniques for eliciting learner participation, and suggestions for evaluation of learning.

2) Teaching Squares

The Teaching Squares Program provides faculty with an opportunity to gain new insight into their teaching through a process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection. The four faculty members in each “teaching square” agree to visit each other’s classes over the course of a semester and then meet to discuss what they’ve learned from their observations and reflections. By allowing faculty to be “learners” again in their colleagues’ classes, Teaching Squares can open up unique spaces for dialogue about teaching.

3) Faculty Learning Communities

Faculty Learning Communities bring colleagues together around an area of common interest in teaching and learning. FLCs provide a safe, supportive community wherein members can informally share best practices, and engage in collegial conversation and inquiry.

4) Course Design and Delivery

Through participation in one of the following programs, participants will develop lesson and course plans that effectively promote student engagement and learning.  They will explore a variety of instructional strategies, technologies, and theories, and relate these to their unique teaching context.

5) Independent Project

For the independent component of the Certificate, participants can choose between three written projects. Faculty can opt to prepare a teaching dossier that describes their teaching philosophy and brings together their teaching experiences. Or, faculty can explore a specialized areas in higher education, either Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) or Educational Leadership.

Teaching Dossier     OR     Research on Teaching and Learning Proposal     OR     Educational Leadership Project


To participate in the Faculty Certificate in Teaching Excellence, you must be a faculty member at Western University. Program components can be completed over any time frame and in any order, although we highly recommend that participants begin with the Instructional Skills Workshop component.

Registration for the certificate is currently unavailable while we transition to a new registration system. Please email tsc@uwo.ca for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is not eligible to register for the Faculty Certificate in Teaching Excellence?

Graduate students are not eligible to complete the Faculty Certificate. Please visit our page on the Western Certificate in Teaching and Learning for Graduate Students for more information.

How long does it take to complete the Certificate?

Program components can be completed within one year, but you may choose to complete the workshops over a longer period.

When should I sign up for the Certificate?

You may register for the Certificate at any time. If you have already attended TSC programs prior to registering for the Certificate, those may be credited to you. To verify your participation in previous programming, please contact tsc@uwo.ca

Do I need to complete the Certificate components in a specific order?

No. You may complete the requirements in any order, whenever it is most convenient for you. However, registration for certain program is time sensitive (e.g., the registration for the Teaching Squares program is only open in the first month of the Fall and Winter semesters).

Who keeps track of my progress towards the Certificate?

It is your responsibility to keep track of the program components you have completed. You can log in using your Western username and password to view a list of completed programs.

If you have any additional questions regarding the Faculty Certificate in Teaching Excellence, please contact tsc@uwo.ca