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Resources for Graduate Students

College Teaching Preparation Program

The Teaching and Learning Center invites Graduate Students to enroll in our College Teaching Preparation program. Being a new instructor is both an opportunity and a challenge. Participating in this program will prepare you to meet teaching-related challenges and provide you with the opportunity to work with professional educators to learn and practice new teaching skills.

For more information about the program, download our College Teaching Preparation Information and Checklist and visit our model ePortfolio page for more information on setting up your own ePortfolio (a major requirement to complete the program).

You can enroll in the program here. If you have any questions, please email Kristi Verbeke at


Write the Syllabus

This comprehensive article from The Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University is broken into four sections (each containing many links to other references): What’s in a syllabus? When should you write your syllabus? General…

Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation, Carnegie Mellon

Syllabus Design for Graduate Teaching Assistants

This listing of resources, offered by the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching is geared toward graduate teaching assistants. It includes general articles on syllabus design as well as examples specific to graduate students. View Syllabus Design…

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan

Syllabus Design Tutorial

This self-paced tutorial from the University of Minnesota’s, Center for Teaching and Learning, covers the basics of syllabus design. It is divided into nine sections, which can be viewed in any order preferred. View Syllabus Design Tutorial

Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota

Creating Your Syllabus

This article from the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan walks through the basics of creating an effective syllabus. It discusses setting goals for learning and ideas for what types of information to include….

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan

Course Design Self-Paced Tutorial

This tutorial was created by On the Cutting Edge, an NAGT Professional Development Program for Geoscience Faculty (though it can certainly be adopted for any discipline). The tutorial is broken into three parts: 1. Setting goals 2. Designing the course…

Course Planning

The following article on course planning is from the Center For Instructional Technology at Duke University. This resource gives a brief overview of a 4-step design process. Course Planning

Planning a Course

General information on how to plan a new course from The Teaching Center at Washington University in St. Louis. This article covers topics such as defining course goals, determining course content, selecting teaching methods/tools, selecting assessment methods. It also covers…

TA Handbook: The Teaching Assistant Experience

A handbook created by the Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Topic range from course design and delivery to evaluating your teaching skills.

Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education, University of Pittsburgh