A 3-hour professional internship in a setting aligned with the goals of the certificate is required. Before participating in the internship, students must complete nine credit hours of required coursework. Students set their own internships based on their experience and area of interest. The Certificate Coordinator and Joyce Nelson, director of Academic Advising, must approve all internships before a student may register for classes.
Internship possibilities include:
- Observe and consult with at least five Teaching Award Winning Faculty in the college classroom. A list of faculty can be found at http://eahr.tamu.edu/degrees-and-programs/graduate-certificates/certific...
- Work with faculty mentors that are Teaching Award Winning Faculty in community colleges and universities in the surrounding area.
- Conduct research in the area of faculty development and/or college teaching issues in higher education.
- Work with professionals to learn more about faculty and TA development issues in higher education.
- Work with faculty development professionals in the Texas A&M University Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) in different areas.
The Center for Teaching Excellence (http://cte.tamu.edu) provides undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to broaden their teaching experiences through internships. Students accepted for internships are mentored by Instructional Consultants as they engage in areas of teaching and learning.
Areas may include but are not limited to:
- Development of web-based modules for the Texas A&M Faculty Teaching and Learning Portal (http://learning.tamu.edu).
- Coordination of the university’s Teaching Assistant Training program (http://cte.tamu.edu/Featured-Programs/Teaching-Assistant-Institute).
- Design and facilitation of workshops and learning communities supporting graduate student professional development in teaching. Design and facilitation of learning communities emphasizing innovative approaches to teaching such as inquiry-learning and Backward Design (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005).
- Projects related to the Faculty Peer Review of Teaching Initiative (http://provost.tamu.edu/initiatives/councils-task-forces-folder/faculty-performance-evaluation/faculty-performance-evaluation-task-force/FacEvalTaskForce9910.pdf).
- Projects related to the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): Aggies Commit to Learning for a Lifetime (http://provost.tamu.edu/initiatives/quality-enhancement-plan/TAMUQEPforWEB_021712.pdf).
New and creative ideas relating to teaching and learning are welcomed. Students applying for an internship in the CTE are encouraged to state their areas of interest, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.