The Graduate Student Pedagogy Course is a hybrid (in-person and online), ten-week 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. 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.
Who can register
Any graduate student or postdoc can register for this course.
How to register
The Graduate Student Pedagogy Course is offered regularly throughout the academic year. Interested students can register for the course using this form until it is filled. The number of students enrolled is capped, so please enroll early if you wish to participate. You can also call the Koehler Center at 817-257-7434 with any additional questions or about upcoming offerings.
During the Course
This course 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 assignments outside of the meetings will be 2–3 hours per week.
Brief overview of the meeting topics:
- Meeting #1: Introduction & Outcomes
- Meeting #2: Syllabus & Accessibility
- Meeting #3: Active Learning Strategies
- Meeting #4: Assignments & Lesson Plans
- Meeting #5: Classroom Scenarios
- Meeting #6: Teaching Philosophies & Reflective Practice
- Final Project: Teaching Portfolio
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.