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: 

  • Design a course from scratch
  • Develop and deliver effective lessons
  • Foster and manage an active classroom environment
  • Assess student learning
  • Create a teaching portfolio

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.

FALL 2019 Course Details

Meeting Times & Location
T/R, 11:00 am- 12:15 pm, Location:EDU 411

August 27, 2019- October 31, 2019 
- 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


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

Session Topics (subject to change)

  •  Strategies for Starting the Semester 
  •  Presentation Skills
  •  The Science of Learning and Learning Theories
  •  Backward Design
  •  Classroom Assessment Techniques
  •  Classroom Management
  •  Syllabus Development
  •  Lesson Plans
  •  Assessment
  •  Grading and Rubrics
  •  Teaching Philosophy Statements and Narratives
  •  Peer Editing and Constructive Feedback
  •  Group Work
  •  Effective Lectures
  •  Leading a Discussion and Inclusive Teaching
  •  Teaching Critical Thinking Skills
  •  Creating a Classroom Community
  •  Active Learning
  •  The Academic Job Search
  •  How to End the Semester