Professional Communication Skills I and II: These blended (in-person classes and online instruction) courses use a context of educational theory and pedagogical practice to help students acquire the sector-specific language and intercultural communication skills necessary to be successful as a teacher in a post-secondary Canadian classroom. The language component will help students refine their linguistic skills for more complex communication within the academic context, making them more competitive candidates in the job market.
Employment Skills I and II: These online courses develop academic employment skills for internationally trained teachers in researching, networking, applying and interviewing for college teaching positions in Canada. In the second semester, students will create a professional electronic portfolio to best showcase their academic expertise and experience.
Teaching Toolbox I and II: These blended (in-person classes and online instruction) courses include a set of mandatory workshops related to teaching and learning to be completed in the first and second semesters as well as a series of optional workshops that students can choose from and enroll in throughout the program. These workshops provide students with professional development and networking opportunities to connect with college faculty and develop their understanding of teaching and learning in the college setting. In the second semester of the program, students will develop and present their own workshop at a one-day conference/networking event hosted by the program.
Practical Teaching Skills: This blended (in-person classes and online instruction) course is the companion course to Teacher Development in Higher Education. This course prepares students for teaching in the Canadian college setting. Topics include establishing a positive learning environment, effective teaching strategies for a diverse and student-centred classroom, lesson planning and practice teaching, classroom management techniques, and preparing and delivering teaching segments to the class. Students will also learn and practice strategies for giving effective feedback and receiving feedback in a professionally appropriate manner. Teaching segments will be videotaped in order for students to observe and critique their abilities.
Teacher Development in Higher Education: This is the companion course to Practical Teaching Skills. It introduces students to principles and theories of teaching and learning in the Canadian college context. This course helps students to more clearly understand their role as teachers in the Canadian college classroom and to become familiar with good pedagogical practice such as student-centred and active learning concepts, as well as the principles of outcomes-based learning.
Curriculum Development in Higher Education: In this online course, students will use curriculum development theory and practices to design a course or training session of at least 20 hours. Students will survey pedagogical practices and use them to anchor the process of curriculum development while taking into consideration the needs of a diverse student population. Students will also develop evaluation/assessment strategies and tools for their course or training session.
Practicum and Reflective Teaching Strategies: In the Practicum, students will have the opportunity to integrate theory and practice by taking part in a teaching placement in a college classroom with a mentor teacher. The Practicum is an opportunity to observe and participate in the teaching and/or planning of a course in the college classroom under the guidance of the mentor teacher. Students will be observed and receive feedback from their mentor teacher and College Teachers Training for Internationally Educated Professionals faculty.
The companion Reflective Teaching Strategies blended (in-person classes and online instruction) course supports students with their classroom experiences, with a focus on exploring a variety of reflective tools, developing critical self-reflection skills, and identifying teaching strengths and areas for improvement. In addition, students will refine their feedback skills, develop collaborative skills essential to working with fellow professionals, and increase critical thinking skills.
This is a 28-week program that carries over two semesters.
||Teaching Toolbox I (blended)
||Employment Skills I (online)
||Professional Communication Skills I (blended)
||Teacher Development in Higher Education (TDHE)
||Practical Teaching Skills (blended)
||Teaching Toolbox II (blended)
||Employment Skills II (online)
||Professional Communication Skills II (blended)
||Curriculum Development in Higher Education (CDHE)
||Practicum and Reflective Teaching Strategies (blended)