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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Professional Communication Certificate 

Communication methods and expectations are constantly evolving. Whether you pursue a career in academia, industry, government or a non-government organization, the ability to communicate clearly to your audience will set you apart. Organizations value employees who are skilled in all forms of communication, from verbal presentations to written communications to social media. Complement your graduate program and give yourself an edge in a competitive job market by enrolling in our communications certificate program.

The Graduate Professional Skills certificate in Professional Communication is offered to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in developing their professional communication skills. The certificate program consists of workshops focused on communication concepts, public speaking practices, intercultural communication and effective use of communication technologies in professional contexts. 

For a comprehensive outline of the communication certificate requirements, see our Professional Communication Certificate document. To express interest in this certificate, complete the online registration form.

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Teaching and Learning Certificate

The Teaching and Learning Centre offers a Certificate in University Teaching to all teaching assistants and graduate students who are interested in developing their teaching practice and engaging in a community of practice along with their peers in the Ontario Tech teaching community. The richness of the program is in shared experiences and the new connections that are formed.

The certificate program consists of 14 modules, which include an examination of learning theories, issues in academic integrity, intercultural communication, and an exploration into learning technology. Participants will also have the opportunity to facilitate modules with their peers. A presentation on personal teaching philosophies and teaching best practices will conclude the program. There are two in-person modules, at the beginning and at the end of the program. The remaining 12 modules are delivered online through Adobe Connect (for synchronous modules) and Blackboard (for asynchronous modules). Each of the 14 modules takes approximately three hours to complete.

Please check the Teaching and Learning Centre website to review additional information, upcoming schedules and to register.