CONT695: Teaching in Higher Education

This course will count towards completion of the Post-Graduate Certificate in Workplace Training and Development

Design, align, engage: creating effective higher education learning experiences

This course uses adult learning theory and principles of universal design to develop practical resources for teaching in a higher education setting. You will explore your philosophy of education and will learn effective practices to aid in the planning and delivery of information and training in the workplace. 

Who Should Take This Course?

The course is ideal for

  • educators or trainers who work in higher education settings and want to develop practical resources and effective methods for planning and delivering instruction to learners
  • professionals who aspire to work in higher education and want to develop their skills in instructional design and philosophy of education specific to this context
  • graduate students or researchers who want to better understand the unique considerations and challenges of teaching and learning in higher education settings
  • anyone interested in improving their ability to design and deliver effective instruction, regardless of their specific field, as long as they have a basic understanding of educational concepts and theories

Delivery Method

This course is delivered asynchronously online allowing participants to engage with flexibility at their own convenience. This method provides a balance between self-paced learning and structured coursework while promoting a supportive community where participants can share experiences and ideas. 

Professional Development

This course will count towards completion of the Post-Graduate Certificate in Workplace Training and Development

Students who complete the Post-Graduate Certificate will be eligible to receive advanced standing in the laddering option offered by the Faculty of Education. 

Queen’s University Faculty of Education has designed this the laddering option as a customizable graduate experience, with the inclusion of three different credentials within one course. Laddering will allow you to progress through successive credentials while carrying forward course credits. Students can receive three different credentials: a Post-Graduate Certificate, a Graduate Diploma in Education, and a Professional Master of Education. If you follow the laddering system, you can earn all three credentials with fewer classes overall.

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Course Fees


Course fees include

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • apply and extend the learning from core courses to a higher education environment
  • identify unique considerations for higher education and apply them to professional goal setting
  • create learning outcomes and essential learning goals for a course or program
  • evaluate appropriate and varied performance tasks for learners to demonstrate their understanding and application of learning outcomes
  • develop an effective assessment and evaluation plan for the performance tasks
  • create learning experiences and plans for instruction appropriate for higher education learners

Course Outline


 Minimum hours 

  Module 1: Introduction to Higher Education  


  Module 2: Identifying and Communicating Learning Outcomes. 


  Module 3: Determining Evidence of Learning


  Module 4: Assessment and Evaluation


  Module 5: Planning Learning Experiences and Instruction


  Module 6: Putting It All Together


Total hours  


Course Schedule

Session Course Dates Registration Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 2024 Jun 24, 2024 – Aug 09, 2024 Jun 14, 2024 at 4pm ET Jun 20, 2024 at 4pm ET
Fall 2024 Sep 30, 2024 – Dec 06, 2024 Sep 24, 2024 at 4pm ET Sep 26, 2024 at 4pm ET
Winter 2025 Jan 20, 2025 – Apr 04, 2025 Jan 14, 2025 at 4pm ET Jan 14, 2025 at 4pm ET

Summer 2024

  • Dates: Jun 24, 2024 – Aug 09, 2024
  • Deadline: Jun 14, 2024 at 4pm ET
  • Payment Due: Jun 20, 2024 at 4pm ET

Fall 2024

  • Dates: Sep 30, 2024 – Dec 06, 2024
  • Deadline: Sep 24, 2024 at 4pm ET
  • Payment Due: Sep 26, 2024 at 4pm ET

Winter 2025

  • Dates: Jan 20, 2025 – Apr 04, 2025
  • Deadline: Jan 14, 2025 at 4pm ET
  • Payment Due: Jan 14, 2025 at 4pm ET

Application Requirements

While a post-secondary degree/diploma is not required, it is recommended for this program.

Required Technology

A smartphone or a computer with a web camera and microphone.

Course Materials

This course has no required resources.


Applicants who require special accommodations are asked to:

  • Contact us at least 1 week prior to the start of the course to allow enough time for appropriate accommodations to be made.
  • Provide necessary documentation upon request.