Preparing for College Teaching

Ever feel out of your element as a teaching assistant?  Planning to teach your own course in the future? Just want to hone your teaching skills?

The Academy of Teaching and Learning Excellence is here to help with Preparing for College Teaching (PCT; IDS 5922). PCT is a free, zero-credit course (meaning it appears on your transcript!) that will teach you how to teach, and teach well. The course is beneficial to any graduate student who strives to be a great teacher. 

By the end of the course, students will be able to: 

Class meetings are highly interactive, focusing on discussions, activities, and "microteaching" exercises in which each student delivers a 5-minute lesson and receives feedback from the instructor and their peers. By the end of the course, students will have developed a digital teaching portfolio, including a sample syllabus, lesson plan, assessment, and teaching philosophy statement.

Spring 2018 Course Details

Meeting Times & Location
M/W, 11:00-12:15 pm, BSN 1101

Mon. 1/8/18 to Mon. 3/26/18
- 10 weeks of instruction spanning 11 calendar weeks (no class on MLK, Jr. Day, no class the week of Spring Break)
- Per USF policy, attendance on the first day is required; those who do not attend will automatically be dropped from the course

Registration Info
Subject CRS#: IDS 5922
CRN: 21516

None, but some prior teaching experience (TAing included) is beneficial


Required Elements:
- complete assigned reading before each class
- create an e-portfolio, including: curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, and teaching narrative
- have no more than four absences (there are a total of 20 class meetings)

Session Topics (subject to change)

  1. Strategies for starting the semester
  2. Presentation skills
  3. Creating a curriculum vitae
  4. Science of learning
  5. Backward design
  6. Classroom Assessment Techniques
  7. Classroom management
  8. Syllabus development
  9. Lesson plans
  10. Assessment
  11. Rubrics
  12. Teaching statements & teaching narratives
  13. Peer editing
  14. Group work
  15. Leading a discussion
  16. Teaching critical thinking
  17. Creating a classroom community
  18. Active learning
  19. The academic job search
  20. How to end a semester