Learning and Teaching in Higher Education


Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LATHE) focuses on the knowledge and practical skills required to teach effectively in higher education.

This certificate program combines knowledge and practice about teaching and learning across the disciplines. Our goal is to create a future professoriate fluent in the foundational principles of post-secondary instruction. It challenges participants to reflect on their practical teaching activities in a scholarly way within their disciplinary context.

Research demonstrates that over the next decade, Canadian universities are likely to continue the vigorous renewal of the professorate as current professors reach the normal age of retirement.  According to the last census, 32% of the professoriate was aged 55 and over. This demographic bulge, which is over twice the proportional size of the general labour force, will continue to work its way through universities.

2016 LATHE graduates

2016 Graduates

Front row from left: Alexandra Kent, Public Health & Social Policy; Kamran Bashir, History; Erin Mirau, Child and Youth Care; Eric Huang, Psychology; and Maeva Perez, Earth and Ocean Science.

Back row from left: Mario Baldassari, Psychology; Dustin van Gerven, Psychology; Reza Harirforoush, Mechanical Engineering; and Anke Krey, Environmental Science.

Not present are Kush Bubbar, Mechanical Engineering; Kimi Dominic, Sociology; Timothy Lukyn, Psychology; Gurprit K. Randhawa, Health Information Science; Brittany Schina, Geography; and Elissa Whittington, Political Science.

"The LATHE program was instrumental in the development of my academic career. The practical elements of the curriculum, such as designing lessons, articulating a teaching philosophy, giving and receiving feedback, and even constructing an entire course, were immediately useful in my academic job search. But LATHE goes beyond these practicalities, it penetrates the epistemological and metaphysical core of the university and provides graduates with a sound footing on which to meaningfully engage with the big issues in the world of higher education. Perhaps most importantly, I believe my experience in the LATHE program was directly responsible for the job offer I received after graduating."
Derek Murray, PhD candidate (History)
2014 LATHE graduate

LATHE is offered jointly by the Division of Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation (LTSI), Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies (EPLS) and the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS).

For further information, please contact the by email or at 250-472-4798.

A LATHE certificate will help you confidently compete for academic positions. The program creates effective post-secondary educators and leaders who are:

  • confident, self-reflecting teachers and colleagues who will thrive in academic contexts
  • focussed on student learning and the needs of diverse students
  • competent to design, develop, deliver and assess high-quality courses based on knowledge of the foundational principles and practices of teaching and learning
  • able to articulate clearly how theory and practice are related and how teaching and learning scholarship can transform practice
  • well-informed and actively engaged in local and global contemporary issues in higher education

First year graduate

ED-D 600: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (1.5 units)
Fall term (September-December)

Explores instructional research and contemporary practices in higher education. Topics include effective teaching strategies, developing course curriculum, and exploring various instructional models and media. Content is guided by recent research in the psychology of learning and instruction.

ED-D 610: Contemporary Issues in Higher Education (1.5 units)
Spring term (January - April)

Critically examines the problems and issues that dominate current thought and discussion in higher education in Canada and internationally. Topics include globalization and internationalization, university governance, teaching and learning, the nature of academic work, corporatization of post-secondary institutions, credentialism, and relations between higher education and the state.

Second year graduate

ED-D 605: Educational Psychology: Doctoral Apprenticeship in Teaching in Higher Education (3.0 units)
Fall and Spring terms

This two-semester course provides guided teaching apprenticeship under the mentorship of the program faculty advisor, program consultant of the LTC and select faculty members.

Participants engage in presentations, role-play scenarios, teach undergraduate classes and complete the program with a teaching dossier.

To apply, submit an online application, upload your unofficial transcripts and input two email addresses and names for the two electronic assessment reports that are required.

For registration, contact the by email or at 250-721-7883.

LATHE conforms to the requirements for all certificate programs at UVic. Priority is given to doctoral students who are co-registered in their own disciplines at UVic.

Admission requirements

  • Is in-progress of a PhD degree.
  • Possesses a GPA of 6 (B+ average) in the last two years of academic work at either the graduate or undergraduate level or a combination thereof.
  • Enters the program in September.
  • Meets the minimum requirements set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, including English Language Proficiency.

Program costs

  • Domestic fees: $723.56 (ONE TIME FEE ONLY for the COMPLETE program) + $116.75 (application fee) = $840.31
  • International fees: $863.16 (ONE TIME FEE ONLY for the COMPLETE program) + $144.00 (application fee) = $1007.16