Our Programs: Why Study Here?

Our Programs

Our new programs launch in January 2022, when we welcome our first cohort of students into the SoTL Certificate and Master of SoTL programs. These programs are the first of their kind in Canada, and the first leading to graduate level credentials in SoTL.  The Jane and Ron Graham Centre for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning appreciates the importance of small class sizes and personal attention and feedback, especially in online learning settings. Students learn in environments that encourages discussion and focuses attention on practical skills that readily transfer to professional and/or academic environments. All classes incorporate elements of practice in their curriculum so students use what they learn to hone their skills.

Application details and deadlines are available here

Certificate in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The Certificate in SoTL prepares educators to be proficient in conducting SoTL investigations in their own teaching/learning contexts and disciplines. They acquire research methods applicable in their personal educational settings, and adapt methods to their own disciplinary and contextual demands, with a particular focus on the student’s context

Students in this program complete 12 credit units of coursework to add SoTL skills and knowledge to their current qualifications, repertoire of research skills, and disciplinary knowledge. The program provides a background in SoTL and an introduction to SoTL-specific approaches to scholarship. The program culminates in a field-experience where students conduct an articulated and approved SoTL study and publish it in an appropriate venue.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students will have:

  • successfully completed a four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e., 60 credit units)
  • teaching experience or equivalent experience in a non-formal or training environment.

Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English. See the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Academic Information and Policies for more information.

Certificate Requirements

  • SoTL 801.3 – Research Methods in SoTL
  • SoTL 802.3 – Historical and Theoretical Foundations of SoTL
  • SoTL 803.3 – Decoding disciplinary education
  • SoTL 804.3 – Research Experience in SoTL 

Master of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (M.SoTL)

The M.SoTL program prepares specialists in the scholarship of teaching and learning who recognize differences in disciplinary teaching and learning contexts and can apply research methods appropriate to disciplinary and contextual demands. SoTL specialists can lead and mentor other educators in a variety of settings to inquire into their own teaching and learning and support evidence-based improvement.

Students in this program will complete 12 credit units of core courses, select 9 credit units of elective courses, and complete a thesis under the direction of a SoTL scholar.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students will have:

  • successfully completed a four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e., 60 credit units)
  • teaching experience or equivalent experience in a non-formal or training environment.

Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English. See the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Academic Information and Policies for more information.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses (12 credit units)
  • SoTL 990.0 Research Seminar in SoTL 
  • GPS 960.0 Introduction to Ethics and Integrity (completed as part of SoTL 990.0)
  • GPS 961.0 Ethics and Integrity in Human Research (completed as part of SoTL 990.0)
  • ERES 800.3 Research Methods Introductory
  • SoTL 801.3 Research Methods in SoTL
  • SoTL 802.3 Historical and Theoretical Foundations of SoTL
  • SoTL 803.3 Decoding disciplinary education
  • SoTL 994 Thesis in SoTL Research
Restricted Electives (or by permission of Graduate Coordinator)
  • ECUR 805.3 Trends and Issues in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • ECUR 809.3 Models and Methods for Evaluation of Educational Programs
  • EADM 816.3 Instructional Leadership for the Enhancement of Teaching
  • EADM 839.3 Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Education
  • EFDT 845.3  Cross-cultural Research Methodology
  • ERES 810.3  Indigenous Research Epistemology and Methods
  • ERES 820.3  Action Research in Education
  • ERES 840.3  Statistical Research Methods
  • ERES 841.3  Advanced Statistical Research Methods
  • ECUR 844.3  Narrative Inquiry  
  • ERES 845.3  Qualitative Research Methods
  • SoTL 804.3  Research Experience in SoTL