Outcomes 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2What is the Graduate Student Pedagogy Course?

The Graduate Student Pedagogy Course is a hybrid (in-person and online), graduate student professional development course that prepares Teaching Assistants, Graduate Assistants, PhD Candidates, and Postdocs for teaching at TCU and beyond. Any graduate student or postdoc at TCU can enroll. This is a free professional development opportunity the Koehler Center provides to the graduate student community at TCU. There are seven required meetings (one per month) over the course of the academic year. Students who complete the course requirements will receive a certificate of completion.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

What Are the Benefits?

In this professional development course, graduate students create learning outcomes, draft course materials (syllabus, assignment sheet, rubric), and examine teaching as a reflective practice through teaching observations and developing teaching philosophies.

Course Overview

During the Course

Throughout the course there will be will have six, two-hour, in-person meetings to provide hands-on practice with embedded active learning strategies and course preparation assignments. Approximate time spent on readings and assignments outside of the meetings will be 8–10 hours per month.

Brief overview of the meeting topics:

  • Introduction & Outcomes
  • Syllabus & Accessibility
  • Active Learning Strategies
  • Assignments & Lesson Plans
  • Classroom Scenarios
  • Teaching Philosophies & Reflective Practice
  • Teaching Portfolios

By the end of the course, students will:

  • Write measurable outcome statements
  • Create a syllabus for a course in their discipline with standard elements
  • Design a detailed assignment sheet with specific criteria and expectations
  • Construct an assignment sheet and corresponding lesson plan
  • Develop a teaching philosophy statement that reflects this course’s work
  • Observe an experienced instructor in their field and write reflective observations
  • Assemble a teaching portfolio that includes reflection about personal pedagogy

After the Course

All students who complete the Graduate Student Pedagogy Course will receive a certificate of completion. Students are encouraged to revise materials developed during the course based upon feedback provided, and they will be offered ongoing support from the Koehler Center staff.

Registration & Dates

Who Can Register?

Any graduate student or postdoc can register for this course.

How to Register

Enrollment is open now through this form.

Important: The number of students enrolled is capped, so please enroll early if you wish to participate and be sure to check that you are able to attend the required class sessions (see below) before registering.

Fall 2019 Dates

Class Meeting Dates, Time, and Location:
Fridays 3:00-5:00
TCU Campus Store, Room 209

Meeting #1: September 20th
Meeting #2: September 27th
Meeting #3: October 11th
Meeting #4: October 25th
Meeting #5: November 15th
Meeting #6: December 6th

Final Portfolio Due: February 3rd, 2020 by 5:00pm 

Contact Us

Call the Koehler Center at 817-257-7434 or email FacultyDevel@tcu.edu with any additional questions or about upcoming offerings.