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Teaching Requirement for PhD Students

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In most cases, each credit of this teaching experience is the equivalent of teaching one section of a one-credit course (example PLSC 315L) or an embedded lab, equivalent to one credit, in a course (example PLSC 225). This teaching experience requires about 60 hours, including time spent in preparation, teaching, and grading. The second required credit must be for an experience in a different course, and a different semester, than for the first credit. MS students can register for PLSC 792 (Master's Teaching Experience), when approved by the student’s adviser and teacher of the course, but these credits would not satisfy the PhD teaching requirement.

In meeting the requirement for each credit, a PhD student is expected to:

  • Have some direct teaching contact with students enrolled in the class.
  • Have some involvement in the assessment of student learning.
  • Receive written student feedback one or more times during the semester.
  • Have adequate opportunities for discussions with the teacher of the course regarding teaching and learning: pre-, during, and post-teaching.

Other options to meet this requirement: When an option other than that described above seems more appropriate for an individual student, a written proposal describing the experience must be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee prior to the actual experience. It is expected that this proposal is prepared by the PLSC 892 instructor and the PhD student. The proposal should document a 60-hour experience at minimum, and must be signed by the instructor, PhD student, and student’s advisor.

Training of PhD students for the teaching experience (any or all of the following):

  • Discussions with teacher responsible for the course or proposed experience (prior to and during the semester).
  • NDSU Office of Teaching and Learning Graduate Teaching Assistant Resources
  • Completion of courses involving teaching and learning (examples include COMM 702, BIOL/EDUC 705, and EDUC 752 and 753).
  • Reflective writings as assigned by the teacher responsible for the course or proposed experience.
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