Professional Development

Education and lifelong learning are central to the
University of Toronto experience

At the University of Toronto (U of T), employees are strongly encouraged to develop an individual learning and career development plan, in consultation with their managers. To help employees fulfill their career potential, numerous skills- and career-related workshops are offered on an ongoing basis, with funding available for staff to register for courses both on- and off-campus.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Office

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Through a broad range of projects, U of T’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Office assists in the creation of accessible and inclusive working and learning environments.

Working across all three campuses, the Office engages the delivery of accessible service and creates a system-wide, integrated and comprehensive approach to accessibility.

The AODA Office provides tip sheets, training modules, resources, and relevant policies.

Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation

The Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) provides leadership in teaching and learning in higher education. Serving instructors, graduate students and teaching assistants across all three campuses, CTSI offers support to members of the U of T community on an individual, divisional and institutional level through a variety of on-site and web-based resources on educational development, teaching, and assessment topics.

Education Assistance Programs for Faculty & Staff

To provide employees with opportunities for personal and career development, the University offers financial assistance to those who want to further their formal education.

Find the following educational and professional development application forms on our site:

  • Tuition waivers
  • Educational assistance
  • Tuition waivers for dependants

Faculty and staff are encouraged to visit their specific employee group’s page to find out what educational benefits are applicable to them.

If you have specific questions, please contact your HR Divisional Office.

HR Systems Training Support Centre

HR Systems Training & Support CentreThe HR Systems Training & Support Centre is an HR administrator’s one-stop shop for all HR system instructional materials. Designed to be the human resources information system (HRIS) event hub — the primary repository of all personnel data associated with an employee’s appointment and income — the Centre provides ongoing support to HRIS users about system procedures, changes, upcoming events, reference documentation, and HRIS training.

Organizational Development & Learning Centre

The Organizational Development & Learning Centre (ODLC) helps employees fulfill their career potential through a variety of continuous learning programs and career-related workshops on organizational development, career management, and mentoring.

Over the next year, the ODLC will undergo an organizational transformation to better help U of T employees fulfil their career potential. This transformation is informed by internal and external reviews over the past two years. The resulting report, published in late 2017, makes 11 recommendations that will steer the centre’s future direction.

School of Continuing Studies

School of Continuing StudiesThe School of Continuing Studies (SCS) offers expertly designed non-degree courses delivered, in class and online, by instructors who are leaders their fields. By responding quickly to emerging needs, the School maintains a global reputation as innovators in continuing education. By building great partnerships, SCS has created programs relevant to the lives of adult learners, their world view, and goals for the future.

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