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Teacher Training and Coursework

Teaching Commons is offering a variety of ways for you to enhance your skills as a communicator, educator, and learner. The following are professional development certification programs and courses offered over this academic year. For more information, or to discuss options, contact Jackie Shay at jshay@ucmerced.edu

 

Teaching Commons Offerings:

Teaching Certificate Program 

  1. Fundamentals for Teaching Assistants in Higher Education (TA Orientation)

    • By participating in Graduate Orientation Week (GROW), you already receive your first level of the program! Congrats! 

  2. Principles of Pedagogy (Fall 2021)

    • This 7-part series of workshops will guide you through effective strategies for teaching by understanding how learning works. 

  3. Advanced Instructor Preparation (Spring 2021)

    • This series of workshops is designed to prepare participants for a career in teaching by applying evidenced-based teaching strategies in class, assessing teaching practices, and refining developed skills. Participants will leave with this series with teaching materials for the job market (e.g., teaching statement/philosophy, line items on resume/CV, etc.).

 

Discipline-Specific Offerings:

Pedagogy Courses:

Pedagogy: IH 203 with Dr. Eileen Camfield 

Designed to guide graduate students through a “teaching as research” paradigm, culminating in a teaching philosophy statement for humanities instruction. In addition, it is a practice and assessment course that provides graduate students with an applied experience with “teaching as research,” resulting in a set of teaching plans for humanities instruction.

Teaching and Learning: MATH 201 with Dr. Yue Lei

Students will be introduced to 'scientific teaching' - an approach to teaching science that uses many of the same skills applied in research. Topics will include how people learn, active learning, designing, organizing and facilitating teachable units, classroom management, diversity in the classroom and assessment design.

Teaching and Learning: QSB 201 with Dr. Petra Kranzfelder

Introduces 'scientific teaching' - an approach to teaching science that uses many of the same skills applied in research. Topics include how people learn, active learning, designing, organizing and facilitating teachable units, classroom management, diversity in the classroom and assessment design. This class is interdisciplinary and can be taken by graduate students in any program.