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 2019 Course Details

Meeting Times & Location
T/R, 2:00 pm-3:15 pm, EDU 317

Tues. 1/8/19 to Thurs 3/28/19 - 10 weeks of instruction spanning 11 calendar weeks (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: 20505

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, lesson plan, and a teaching philosophy statement
- 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. Learning Theories/The Science of Learning
4. Backward Design
5. Assessment
6. Syllabus Development
7. Classroom Assessment Techniques
8. Lesson Plans
9. Classroom Management
10. Teaching Statements
11. Peer Editing & Constructive Feedback
12. Effective Lectures
13. Group Work
14. Leading a Discussion
15. Teaching Critical Thinking
16. Creating a Classroom Community
17. Active Learning
18. Teaching Online
19. The Academic Job Search
20. How to end a semester