Professional skills

Preparation to University teaching

Many academic units offer teaching assistantships to graduate students, who gain experience under the direction of a professor. Teaching assistants, other graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows intending to engage in university teaching are strongly encouraged to enrol in academic activities designed to develop or enhance their teaching skills.

The Office of the Vice-Provost Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, in cooperation with the Centre for University Teaching, provides graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with an opportunity for formal training in university teaching through a course and practicum (ESG 5300 and ESG 8300). These activities are recorded on the official transcript.

Research and theory on undergraduate teaching. Development of practical teaching skills required for university undergraduate teaching. Graded S/NS. Cannot be counted towards the credits required for the student's program.

Exploration of current practice and deployment of technology in higher education. Critical assessment from a professional development perspective of a variety of technological applications and their use in the teaching and learning environment. The credits for this course do not count towards the degree requirements unless the student's program specifies otherwise.

Workshops in university teaching practice, mentored practice teaching, teaching dossier preparation (60 to 66 hours). Registration restricted to doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. Graded S/NS. Prerequisite: ESG 5300. Cannot be counted towards the credits required for the student's program.

Further information concerning these teaching development activities is available from the Centre for University Teaching. The centre also provides other (non credit) instructional development workshops and seminars.


Professional skills

Lectures and an outreach practicum that aim to develop skills to effectively communicate complex scientific concepts to the public, to interact with news media, and to become effective mentors. Graded S/NS. Cannot be counted towards the credits required for the student's degree program.

Visit the Centre for University Teaching (CUT) website


The Altitude program was developed by the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Teaching and Learning Support Service to enable students in the Masters and PhD programs, as well as Postdoctoral fellows, to develop professional skills that will facilitate their integration and progression into the workplace.

The activities offered under this program are grouped by the skill that they enhance, allowing you to focus your own professional development. The majority of these activities are offered by the services of our various partners on campus.

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MyGradSkills provides a series of self-paced, online modules aimed at providing information about  ranging from topics like teaching & learning, to career development, to community engagement, to entrepreneurship, and much more. These 18 modules were created by the Ontario Consortium for Graduate Professional Skills and is the result of a collaboration between many Ontario Universities.

Visit the MyGradSkills website

Mitacs Step

Mitacs Step is Canada's only comprehensive program providing business-ready skills to up-and-coming researchers. Mitacs Step trains graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in essential interpersonal, project management and entrepreneurial skills required for them to succeed in their future career.

Discover Mitacs Step workshops

Academic Writing Help Center

If you want to develop your writing skills and improve your papers, the AWHC is here for you. Book an appointment with a writing advisor and learn how to identify and correct your mistakes.

Visit the Academic Writing Help Center (AWHC) website

Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute

We are an integral part of the University of Ottawa’s vision for the future, where teaching excellence and innovation complement the institution’s commitment to bilingualism.

As a new Canadian standard bearer for official languages and bilingualism, OLBI strengthens and promotes education and research in the fields of teaching, evaluation and language policy design. It also brings together the University of Ottawa’s experts in official languages and bilingualism in four areas:

  • Teaching;
  • Research;
  • Testing and evaluation;
  • Development and promotion.

To learn more about the workshops, visit the OLBI website

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