Post-secondary Teaching – College Certificate

2022/23 | Conestoga College

Program Code: 1534
Teaching and Learning

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

This is a companion document to the current Conestoga College Student Guide

COVID-19 and Academic Program Delivery

​In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga academic plans and decisions will continue to evolve to reflect the advice of public health authorities. ​Please consult the COVID-19 Information page for the most up-to-date information on college protocols.

Expectations regarding course delivery, participation, and assessments will be communicated by your faculty member at the start of the semester and included in the instructional plan.

Program technology requirements are posted on the program web page. Students in hybrid delivery courses will require a device, webcam functionality, and reliable Internet access. 

Program Handbook Guidelines

​The purpose of this handbook is to provide students with program-specific details and other important information. The material in this handbook is accurate at the date of posting and is applicable for the current academic year. Students will be informed of handbook changes that occur, if any, through college email. Program handbooks are updated yearly, and students must check their program handbook for the current edition.

This handbook must be read in conjunction with general information about Conestoga College found on the website and in the Student Guide. The information in the Student Guide and on the college website​ applies to all students, regardless of program.

The Student Guide provides details regarding Student ServicesSafety and SecurityStudent Rights and Responsibilities and more. 


Welcome to Conestoga!

We are proud of the quality programming we offer in order to meet workforce development needs in our community and beyond.  We work with industry representatives in order to provide timely, employment-ready training options for all of our students.

Our faculty members are chosen not only for their expertise, but also for their passion for teaching and learning through the sharing of their knowledge and experience.  Whether it be in a classroom on campus, hybrid or online environment, our faculty have the industry and teaching expertise to help you succeed in your educational goals.

I wish you the best in your studies and encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about the program.


Sandra Schelling,
Executive Dean, Workforce Development, Continuing Education and Online Learning​​

Program Academic Team

 For current contacts and team profiles in Teaching & Learning, please see the About Us page on the Faculty Learning Hub.  For any general questions and inquiries, email

Program Overview

​Program Description

Conestoga's Postsecondary Teaching College Certificate program prepares you to teach credit and non-credit courses in colleges, universities, apprenticeship and other programs for adult learners. Emphasis is placed on developing the knowledge, skills and competencies to deliver quality outcomes-based educational opportunities across various delivery modes. You will develop a clear understanding of your role within an educational team and how you can add real value to the learner experience and positively influence the learning opportunities of others. You will learn how to both teach and assess effectively and engage in activities that support the needs and preferences of learners in achieving course outcomes both remotely and in person. Theoretical foundations and practical applications of post-secondary teaching are integrated throughout the program, positioning you to work in post-secondary teaching.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates from this College Certificate program will have acquired knowledge, skills, and attitudes from a range of topics that are directly relevant and applicable to teaching in any postsecondary educational context.

Program Outcomes

Through successful completion of this program, the graduate will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Work within a teaching role in post-secondary settings in accordance with the expectations of outcomes-based education (OBE)
  2. Provide student-centred teaching and assessment that is based on educational science and principles and is sensitive to student experiences, values, beliefs and needs
  3. Assist in the provision of culturally relevant learning opportunities for diverse students
  4. Choose or create and implement appropriate and accessible resources and learning technologies to facilitate student learning
  5. Reflect on aspects of teaching to the support the development of one's identity as a postsecondary educator.

Program Completion

To attain Conestoga's Postsecondary Teaching College Certificate, students must successfully register in the program and complete any 29 of the Educator Development (EDEV) electives offered, plus one 12-hour capstone course (for a total of 186 hours).

This part-time program must be completed within 3 years of admission.

Agreement Opportunities

If you complete The Empowered Educator (Ontario Extend) series, you will receive a badge from eCampus Ontario in addition to credits toward Conestoga's Post-Secondary Teaching Certificate.  In order to faciliate credit transfer, please contact for details.

Learn more about the Ontario Extend series here:


Throughout this program, you are welcome to choose the method of learning that best suits your preferences and schedule.  Courses in this program are offered in multiple modalities, such as Online Synchronous where you will have the option to meet via Zoom, or watch the recordings of those synchronous sessions.  For courses designated as In-Person, attendance at the synchronous meetings is highly recommended, as the sessions will not be recorded.  Be sure to verify the modality of the course you are interested in upon registration via the CE website

Program Design

This program is designed to provide you with the most flexible and individualized learning possible.  You will choose 29 electives from over 70 different Educator Development (EDEV) courses.  These courses are grouped together in micro-credentials, across many different specialized foci within the context of post-secondary teaching and learning.  What's more is that while you are working towards this certificate, you can also choose to complete any number of micro-credentials along the way by simply completing those courses listed within each.  It is a great idea to browse through the micro-credentials to determine what topics or areas of specialization you are most interested in, and then you can plan your courses from there.

Below is a list of all of hte micro-credentials that we offer, with direct links to the course lists for each on the CE website.  You will notice that all of these courses are also listed (not connected to their micro-credentials) on the Course List tab of our program page. 

Awareness of Indigenous Values, Identity and Spirit

This introductory series specifically developed for teachers will invite you to draw connections between your teaching practice and the core teachings of first nation peoples from across Turtle Island. All courses will be led by Indigenous knowledge keepers. Learners will consider the pedagogical impact and relevance of key topics such as Wampum Belt teachings, creation beliefs, traditional medicines, Confederation & The Indian Act, residential schools, and contemporary Indigenous life.

Academic Integrity in Post-Secondary Teaching

To facilitate deep learning and maintain fair assessment, educators must inspire students to produce authentic, original work. This online micro-credential explores key concepts, practices, and strategies related to academic integrity. You will take an in-depth look at topics like plagiarism and intentionality, how to prevent academic misconduct using technology, contract cheating, and barriers to reporting academic misconduct. 

Collaborative and Team-Based Learning in Post-Secondary Education

The ability to work effectively in groups is one of today’s most in-demand skills. This online micro-credential helps you to create plans, activities, and supports for group work so that students will get the most out of learning and working together.

Developing and Nurturing our Teaching Self

Teaching is challenging, and it is more than technique. Teaching is a personal and professional journey in which we interact with many complex variables and develop our teaching perspectives, philosophy and persona. This online micro-credential helps you to reflect on your beliefs on teaching and on your prior experiences. Join other educators to explore theories and research about how teachers manage challenges, exercise self-care, and develop a teaching identity.

Evolving Assessment Practices

Are you preparing to create or enhance assignments or assessment tools? This online micro-credential explores emerging trends and practices related to the essential and complex work of assessing student learning. In this series, you will gain tools to develop assessments and examine different approaches to observing, measuring, and responding to evidence of student learning.

HyFlex Teaching

This micro-credential will help you prepare for HyFlex teaching. You will learn about the technologies involved and how faculty can manage and support three audiences (in-person, remote synchronous and online asynchronous) in a HyFlex environment. A major focus of this series will be creating lesson plans and activities that increase engagement, commitment and learning for all three audiences.

Inclusive Teaching Practice for Post-Secondary Courses

Inclusive learning opportunities provide all students with the most appropriate learning environments and opportunities to best achieve their potential. This online micro-credential examines aspects of diversity, othering and belonging and outlines inclusive, accessible teaching practices for students from marginalized groups. 

Intercultural Teaching Skills for Post-Secondary Courses

21st century post-secondary education is situated in a globalized world, where learning happens in a variety of cultural contexts. Intercultural teaching competence helps you to create meaningful connections and learning by bridging cultural differences. This online micro-credential will prepare you with the intercultural teaching skills needed to facilitate student success in diverse post-secondary settings.

Teaching at Conestoga (Note: This is a mandatory micro-credential for all new faculty.)

Joining a new organization and perhaps teaching in a college setting for the first time requires an opportunity to learn about the expectations, processes, services, policies and procedures that will guide your teaching work. This online micro-credential provides opportunities to engage with new colleagues as you learn about Conestoga, our learning Management System (LMS), and what is expected as you teach and assess in our active, outcomes-based courses. 

Teaching College Courses in Canada

This micro-credential will help internationally-educated professors to further build the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes (KSA) required to teach successfully in outcomes-based, active learning courses. Topics will include a historical and contemporary look at the educational system and academic culture in Ontario with a particular focus on intercultural awareness, active learning, and communication skills. As part of the micro-credential, each participant will take the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and receive a confidential report and debrief.

Teaching in STEM Programs

Are you teaching Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) courses? This online micro-credential explores instructional strategies and best practices for teaching in STEM programs. In this series, you will look at ways to balance rigour with learning, make your classes more student-centered, assess different forms of learning, minimize learning barriers, and use educational technology to support student learning. 

Teaching in Trades and Apprenticeship Programs

Are you teaching in a trades or apprenticeship program? This online micro-credential explores instructional strategies and best practices for teaching in technical programs. In this series, you will look at ways to establish an effective learning environment, teach theory to practical students, assess different forms of learning, minimize learning barriers, and use educational technology to support student learning. 

Teaching Post-Secondary Courses as an L2 Professor

This micro-credential is for you if you teach post-secondary courses, your first language is not English, and you want to explore questions of comprehensibility and student perceptions of accented speech. These online courses prepare you to engage in conversations with students and colleagues about pronunciation and to begin to change your production in cases that may be hard for students to understand.

Teaching Synchronously and Asynchronously

New and improving technologies are constantly changing how we teach and learn. This online micro-credential explores various digital and web-based technologies that can liven up your classes and discusses ways in which students can be best supported in online learning. 


Be sure to check the CE Website for new micro-credentials being added as part of our EDEV courses, micro-credential and Post-Secondary Teaching certificate.

The final step to completing the Post-Secondary Teaching certificate program is to successfully take the Post-Secondary Teaching Capstone course (EDEV0750).

After you have completed at least 25 of the EDEV elective courses, and have successfully applied to the program, please reach out to to get set-up to take the Capstone course.  This course is not one that you can register for through the Con Ed website.

Credit Transfer, Pathways & PLAR

Conestoga recognizes you may have formal post-secondary education that may allow you to enter a program at an advanced level or provide for individual course exemptions. To ensure your credits are eligible for transfer, please contact our Credit Transfer Office at: 

The Credit Transfer Policy and Procedure are available on the college website.

For more information, visit the Credit Transfer webpage and the PLAR webpage.

If you are currently a Conestoga student and want to continue studying at Conestoga, there are a number of different pathway opportunities available to you.

Whether you wish to transfer to another program or apply to a new program after graduation, Conestoga has established pathways, to help you meet your goals.

Conestoga College has articulation agreements with many domestic and international institutions. These agreements allow students to transfer into a specific program with advanced standing. Students must meet the academic requirements stated in the agreement.

For more information regarding pathways at Conestoga, contact the Credit Transfer Officer at 519-748-5220 ext. 2166.

Student Services Information

​Student Services information can be found in the Student Guide and or on Conestoga's website. 

Program Information and Requirements

Academic Dates

It is the student's responsibility to be aware of various important academic dates throughout the year. These academic dates are posted on the college website.

Please note that Continuing Education courses and Apprenticeship programs may have different start dates and exam dates for courses. 


Students employed at the College will be expected to communicate through Conestoga College email accounts. Part time students from outside the college will communicate primarily within eConestoga course learning management systems.

Course Add/Drop

If you wish to withdraw from a course after the start date, you can do so in the Student Portal or by contacting the Registrar's Office.  These courses follow a similar schedule to that of regular programming whereby there is a designated withdrawal date set for each course.  If you do not withdraw from the course by the withdrawal date (check with your facilitator if you are not sure what that date is), you risk receiving a "Fail" grade in the event of unsuccessful completion.  Backdated withdrawals can be requsted through for those with extenuating circumstances.

Late Course Registration

It is possible to be registered in a course after the start date, as long as the first synchronous session has not yet occurred.  Late registrants are responsible for catching up on any missed material or missed evaluations.  For late registration into any EDEV course, please contact

Program Withdrawal 

Students are not required to register for the program until the capstone course.  Students who have registered for the program and who wish to withdraw sign into the Conestoga Student Portal. Next, click on the SERVICES tab. From there, click on the MY FORMS tab and select the WITHDRAWAL FORM option from that list. Complete this form with your information and submit.

Credit Transfer/Exemptions

With the exception of the Ontario Extend courses, credit transfers are not applicable for this program.

Equipment, Supplies and Texts

As the program is delivered remotely, students will need access to a computer/laptop/mobile device with a webcam. Links to resources will be supplied within each course.

What is Academic Integrity?

Having academic integrity means acting fairly and honestly when engaging in academic activities. 

By having and applying an Academic  Offences Policy and Procedure, Conestoga ensures graduates complete their studies fairly and honestly through hard work and dedication, and thus are well-prepared for their future careers.

Copyright at Conestoga 

Conestoga facilitates access to print, media, and electronic resources to support and enrich learning, teaching, and research in compliance with the following:


Plagiarism is submitting or presenting work of another person(s)/organization in whole or substantial part as one's own without proper citation and referencing.

Evaluations (Deadlines, Tests and Examinations)

Each course is assessed on a pass/fail basis. An assessment which receives a fail may be resubmitted once.  All assessments are due by the end of the course. Exceptions will be considered for extenuating circumstances based on a request emailed to the instructor.

Academic Progress through the Program


Students who fail the capstone twice will be discontinued from the program.


Students are eligible to graduate on the successful completion of 29 program elective courses and the capstone course. Upon completion of all program requirements, the Application to Graduate Form ​must be completed and submitted to the registrar's office.  The indicated fee will be waived for this program, and forms can be emailed directly to

Student Engagement

Program Advisory Committees (PACs)

Program Advisory Committees (PACs) provide the necessary link between Conestoga and the community it serves. PACs operate in an advisory capacity to Conestoga administration with the objective to keep Conestoga responsive to current and future workforce needs, trends or opportunities in industry and the marketplace.

All post-secondary education programs of study at Conestoga, both full-time and part-time, which lead to an employment related credential, or are approved by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU), will be associated with a PAC, with the exception of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. For any program not leading to an employment related credential, such as foundation programs, PACs are optional.

At the beginning of each year, the coordinator(s) of the program will ask for student volunteers. The coordinator(s) will select which student(s) will represent the program at PAC. Student attendees are important members of the PAC and are expected to be present at all meetings and are responsible for preparing and submitting a report based on guidelines provided by the program coordinator.

Students who participate in PACs will receive credit on their Co-Curricular Record (CCR) . Your CCR is an official document, complementary to your academic transcript, which recognizes and records learning that you have achieved through approved Co-curricular experiences at Conestoga.

Academic Delivery Plan and College Hours

​​​Academic Delivery Plan Fall 2022

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga has developed an academic delivery plan for the Fall 2022 semester. The safety and well-being of our college community remains our highest priority. Our academic plans and decisions continue to be based on the advice of public health authorities. 

Back on campus

We look forward to continuing to welcome students back in person and on campus for the fall term. There are three ways in which programs will be delivered:

Hybrid: You will be required to attend in-person classes at your assigned campus. Most class hours will be delivered in person, with a few hours delivered remote/online.

On campus: You will be required to attend in-person classes at your assigned campus. All class hours will be delivered in person.

Remote: Remote programs will be delivered fully online. There will be no in-person classes.

Details regarding classes and delivery formats will be provided in your program schedule (timetable).

College Hours

Full-time courses at Conestoga are typically delivered Monday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. *

*In some instances, classes will be scheduled outside of this time frame and may include Sunday, to accommodate course, program and college requirements.*​​

Conestoga Policies and Procedures

​​Student Protection Acknowledgement

A Student Protection Acknowledgement confirmation pop-up will appear when a student logs into the Student Portal on a yearly basis. This will direct students to policies and procedures relevant to their academic responsibilities. All Conestoga College wide academic policies and procedures are listed on the college website under "About Conestoga", "Policies and Procedures". 

Students are advised to review and comply with all policies and procedures, including the following:         
  • Academic Dispute and Resolution Policy & Procedure
  • Academic Offences Policy & Procedure ​
  • Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
  • Convocation Procedure
  • Co-operative Education Policy
  • Discontinuance Procedure
  • Evaluation of Student Learning Policy & Procedure
  • Grading Procedure
  • Program and Course Withdrawal and Refund Procedure/International Student Withdrawal and Refund Procedure
  • Readmission Procedure
  • Religious Holiday Policy & Procedure
  • Student Expectations for Online Engagement
  • Student Feedback Policy
  • Student Fees Policy & Student Fee Invoicing and Payment Procedure
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy & Procedure

Students must follow all of the policies and procedures for Conestoga College and it is expected that faculty will accept, fulfil and enforce these standards.​​ 

Conestoga 101

The Student Engagement Department is here to help you transition to the Conestoga College experience, connect with your community, and build your skills. 

Start your college experience by completing Conestoga 101 (CON0101) on eConestoga, a mandatory course for all new full-time students that will take you approximately one hour to complete. CON0101 provides an overview of the supports, services, and opportunities available to you throughout your time at Conestoga. Make sure you complete it early on in the term, as it contains valuable information that will help you transition to Conestoga.

Web-based Tools

​Program courses may use web-based services with data centres outside of Canada. Students may be expected to complete assessments where information is transmitted outside of Canada. Students who do not wish to submit their information to other countries have the right to opt-out. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor if they, in the first week of term or at the time assignment details are provided, wish to submit an alternate assignment.

Course examinations may be administered through a remote proctoring service to assure academic integrity. Ensure that you meet the system requirements that will allow the recording of your computer screen, webcam, and microphone.

Attendance at Evaluations

Working Together to Plan Your Success

Your success matters! As an emerging professional, it is important that you demonstrate the same professional attitude to your program that you will be required to demonstrate to your future workplace. Regular, punctual attendance, and active participation in scheduled classes, field and clinical placements, labs and any on-campus and off-campus activities scheduled by your program will help you to understand and master the learning complexities of your program.
If extenuating, unplanned circumstances require you to miss a class, please note that it is your responsibility to follow up with individual faculty members and to acquire any missed information.

Attendance for Evaluations

Evaluations are critical components of each course and your overall success in your program. An evaluation is defined as a test, exam, presentation or any other formal assessment that contributes to your course mark that requires your presence, in class or on-line. Please note that in many programs across the College, every field placement, clinical day, and lab/shop day is considered crucial to your overall learning and success and the expectation is that you attend.  If you are in a program that includes field or clinical placements, labs/shops, or any other on or off campus activities, it is essential that you discuss attendance requirements with your program faculty in order to understand expectations and consequences.

Your attendance for all evaluations is a requirement. If there is a concerning pattern of absence from evaluations across your program, you may be asked to meet with the Program Coordinator and/or Student Advisor to discuss strategies for success.

While circumstances such as religious holidays and academic accommodations may necessitate rescheduling of evaluations and will be accommodated, please note that there will be no special arrangements made for rescheduling evaluations due to personal conflicts such as work or vacation plans.  

In order to facilitate a smooth implementation for all scheduled evaluations, both you and your program faculty have responsibilities which are listed below:

Faculty Responsibilities

  • To communicate all course obligations to you at the beginning of each semester through the Instructional Plan, including evaluation and presentation dates.
  • To communicate, in writing, any unplanned extenuating circumstances involving the college, the program or the faculty members that may require changes to the course schedule.
  • To provide alternative evaluation arrangements for missed evaluations/work due to recognized religious holidays as defined by the College Employer Council and documented accommodations through the Accessibility Office.
  • To accept alternative evaluation requests in good faith and examine based on the unique circumstances and students' individual needs.
  • To facilitate alternative evaluation arrangements as described below.

Student Responsibilities

  • To be informed about all course obligations and due dates.
  • To inform your faculty member in writing of the need to reschedule evaluations due to a religious holiday as defined by the College Employer Council.
  • If you have to be absent from any scheduled evaluation, report your absence on the Student Portal using the procedure below. You must do this prior to the start of the evaluation or risk receiving a mark of zero.

How to Report Absences on the Student Portal

  1. Log into the Student Portal and click on the 'Absence tab'.
  2. Indicate whether or not there is an assessment scheduled on that day by clicking 'Yes or No', as well as the reason for the absence (illness or other).
  3. Click 'Continue' to report the absence.
  4. Click 'I agree' to confirm the absence.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email that your absence has been recorded.

Important! Please note the following:

  • The earliest you can record an absence for a particular day, is after 8:00 p.m. the day before. You must report each day you are absent.
  • The Absence Recording System will show you as being absent for the day, starting from the time that you recorded the absence. For example, if you record your absence on a specific day at 11:00 a.m., the system will show you as being absent for all classes starting after 11:00 a.m. that day.
  • If you are going to be present for any other classes on the day for which you recorded an absence, please let the faculty member know by attending or following up by eConestoga or college email.
  • When you return to campus, make eConestoga or email contact immediately with the faculty member associated with the evaluation you missed in order to arrange appropriate follow up.

Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations

Conestoga recognizes that unexpected circumstances, such as brief illness, do arise during the term. As a visit to a health practitioner may not be necessary or possible, we do not ask you to provide a doctor's note except in exceptional circumstances. If you are absent from a scheduled evaluation, you must:                  

A. Report the Absence on the Student Portal prior to scheduled class time: See the Student Responsibilities section above.    

B. Make Alternative Evaluation Arrangements 

i. Reach out to your professor to ask how the evaluation will be made up. Your professor will determine alternative evaluation arrangements as appropriate.  

If the evaluation cannot be rescheduled, (for example it is an experiential activity, lab, or a group presentation) your professor may allocate its marks to another evaluation item. This will be communicated to you by email to your eConestoga or college account OR discussed and documented in an interview and then signed off by both you and your professor.

Program Handbook Revision Log

​Revision Date   
Scope of Changes
​Winter 2021     

Accommodation Disclaimer

​Conestoga College provides an equitable environment where all students have the opportunity to participate in College life. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Conestoga recognizes its responsibility and legal obligation to provide education, information and services in an accessible manner.

Conestoga's Accessible Learning services provide support for students with permanent and temporary disabilities who feel they are encountering barriers to learning. They work with students to understand the impact of a disability in the college environment and will help develop a success plan that considers student goals and required academic accommodations. Accessible Learning will also communicate necessary accommodations to professors on behalf of the student. 

To consult with an Accessibility Advisor about accommodations please make an appointment by emailing or calling 519-748-5220 ext. 3232.

Exceptions for non-accessibility focused issues need to be consulted on with your professor. Final approval for exceptions unrelated to academic accommodations rests with the program chair.

Post-secondary Teaching – College Certificate