The Level 1: Novice Graduate Teaching Program (GTP), offered by the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (The Centre), is for graduate students who are in the early stages of their teaching careers and who want to learn more about teaching in higher education. The knowledge and skills attained in the program will help graduate students further develop their confidence and competence as a new teacher.

The overall goals of the Level 1: Novice GTP are to enable graduate students to:

  1. Prepare for lifelong learning in the field of higher education teaching.
  2. Understand ethics and integrity in teaching.
  3. Understand and support diversity and inclusion in teaching.
  4. Develop an awareness of higher education pedagogy.
  5. Develop professionalism in a teaching role.


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:

Program Components

There are three mandatory components to Level 1: Novice GTP:

  1. Orientation

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

  2. Two Teaching Essential Institutes

    1. Teaching Essentials 1 Institute (GTPNTE1)

      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.

    2. Teaching Essentials 2 Institute (GTPNTE2)

      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.

  3. Seven Workshops

    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:
      1. Facilitating Discussion-Based Seminars (GTPN02A)
      2. Facilitating Labs (GTPN02B)
      3. 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)
Program Assessments

The Level 1: Novice GTP includes a series of assessments at various stages in the program that are associated with the SEDA Values and Outcomes:

  1. Reflection Papers
  2. Teaching Philosophy Statement
  3. Professional Growth Plan
  4. Oral Presentation
  5. Final Reflection Essay
Program Completion

Graduates of the Level 1: Novice GTP will receive certifications of completion from both SEDA and The Centre.

Who is Eligible?

The program is available for current full-time or part-time Masters, PhD, and Post-doctoral students at the University of Manitoba.

* Please Note: To be eligible to receive the program certificates, participants must complete Level 1: Novice GTP at the same time or prior to their graduation from the University of Manitoba.

Level 1: GTP 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. 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 Teaching Essentials Institute 1 Attend 2-3 Workshops Attend 2-3 Workshops
Attend 2-3 Workshops   Attend Teaching Essentials Institute 2

Program Registration

The Level 1: Novice GTP has intake three times in a year: February, May, and October. There is a capacity of 20 participants for each intake, on a first come first served based.

* Please Note: When registering for the program, participants must also register to attend the orientation and Teaching Essentials 1 Institute. If they are unable to attend these events at the same time, they will be required to register for the program again in a subsequent intake.

Registration for the May intake is full.

Registration for the October intake will be available on September 10, 2018.

Further Information

For additional information about the Level 1: Novice GTP please contact: