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This section provides a summary of the training and resources available to support you in developing your teaching skills.

MPLS and its departments provide two introductory stages to training in teaching skills. These are Preparing for Learning and Teaching at Oxford (PLTO) and Developing Learning and Teaching (DLT).


PLTO is the introductory stage and is provided by departments. Your departmental PLTO session will:  introduce you to how undergraduate teaching works at Oxford and in your department; outline departmental administrative processes; discuss ways to get started with your teaching; and provide the opportunity to discuss potential challenges. Your department will also provide opportunities for you to reflect on and discuss your teaching, and how to further develop your skills once you have had some initial teaching experience. To find out more about your departmental PLTO session please contact the head of teaching in your department. If you are not sure who this is or have other queries about PLTO, please contact

Reviewing your first teaching experience

If you have had your first teaching experience and would like to review it and plan how to further develop your skills, the MPLS provides a workshop to help you do this. Details are here.


If you have completed PLTO in your department and are going to be teaching at Oxford, you may want to consider completing the Developing Learning and Teaching (DLT) programme. This programme offers a way to make the most of your first teaching experiences in UK higher education. If completed in full it leads to a nationally-recognised qualification which is mapped to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education.

The DLT Programme for MPLS is led by the Oxford Learning Institute and comprises three interactive workshops in Michaelmas or Hilary Term. As part of the Programme, participants will be required to engage in additional, related activities; for example, reading educational literature, teaching evaluation and session design. The DLT Programme is assessed via a written reflective teaching portfolio (2,500-5,000 words); support for writing the portfolio is provided by the Oxford Learning Institute.

Deatils of the DLT programme are here .

In order to participate in the programme you will need to have completed a PLTO course or equivalent and be teaching registered Oxford University students in the interval after you begin the DLT programme and before you submit your portfolio (up to 3 terms after you start the DLT). Please see the DLT application form, DLT Teaching Requirements FAQs and the Core DLT Handbook for 2018-19 for more information on these pre-requisites. 

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in HE (PGCertTLHE)

For those with an interest in developing their teaching skills further, the Oxford Learning Institute offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in HE (PGCert TLHE). Pleae click on the link for further details.