This three-credit seminar, taught by faculty within
students' areas (i.e. humanities, health professions...)
addresses key issues in teaching and learning theory
and practice. Students develop documents to support teaching and future
job searches, including a statement of teaching philosophy, a lesson
plan or a course syllabus.
Students enroll in courses according
to their academic area. For instance, a humanities course would be
designed for any graduate student in the humanities disciplines.
Similarly, a physical science course would be open to all graduate
students of physical sciences.
Below are confirmed course offerings. Please check back for updates.
(8985.001, Teaching in Higher Education)
- Teaching in Higher Education: Health Professions (HRPR 8985), CRN 4535
Professor: Beth Pfeiffer
(8985.001, Teaching in Higher Education)
Priority Registration for Fall opens April 3, 2014. View the Temple graduate COURSE SCHEDULE online, and register through the Banner System in TU PORTAL.
The non-credit reflective practicum is individually
designed by each student. It must include teaching with a TA or Adjunct
appointment (e.g. as TA lecturer/recitation leader, instructor of
record, Writing Center tutor, or lab leader) and engaging in
reflection on that experience.
- for students to reflect on their
teaching experience, including its relationship to the seminar, with an
- for students to examine selected aspects of their teaching through reflective scholarly writing.
While there is some flexibility, the practicum
must include three key components: (1) Teaching, (2) Reflective
Dialogue and (3) Reflective Journal.
- Teaching with a TA or adjunct appointment
You could be instructor of record, discussion section
or lab leader. We also accept TA appointments through the Writing Center
or Math, Science, Resource Center. Although grading is an important aspect of teaching, direct student interaction is essential to the reflective practicum. If you cannot secure a TA appointment, or if your appointment is limited to grading, but you still want to complete the reflective practicum, contact TLC Director, Pamela Barnett (firstname.lastname@example.org) about potential options.
- Reflective Dialogue
Reflect on your teaching experience through ongoing dialogue in bi-weekly meetings with disciplinary mentor.
It is your responsibility to find an instructor in your discipline who will be your mentor throughout the Reflective Practicum and make arrangements to
meet with him/her once every two weeks for discussion.
following faculty members are all knowledgeable about the Teaching in
Higher Education Curriculum you just completed. We recommend that
you invite someone from this list to serve as your mentor for the
Reflective Practicum, but you may also select a mentor who is not on
this list. Download the list of recommended mentors (PDF).
Guidelines and Log
Please read the Reflective Practicum: Guidelines for Mentorship and share it with your mentor. We ask you and your mentor to fill out
the Reflective Practicum Log providing the dates met and signatures. Again, you must meet once every
two weeks (at least 7 times during the semester).
- Reflective Journal
Reflective journal entries will be submitted to TLC weekly. After you
register for the reflective practicum, you will get weekly emails that
will prompt you to upload your journal entry. To learn about this
process and how to upload your journal entry, read these instructions (How to Submit the Reflective Journals-PDF). Please note that it is your responsibility to
submit your weekly journal entries to the TLC whether or not you
receive the emails that prompt you to upload your journal entry. If at
any point there is a problem with the system and you do not receive the
weekly emails, please contact Annette Ponnock (email@example.com) for assistance.
You must be registered and participating in the Reflective Practicum by the end of the first week of classes. Click here to for the Reflective Practicum.
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Upon completion of both the Seminar and Reflective Practicum submit the following materials to TLC by the deadlines outlined below.
- Reflective Journal (see Step 2: Reflective Practicum)
- Reflective Practicum log (see Step 2: Reflective Practicum)
- Certificate Application
- Evidence of Teaching form (signed by Department Head or Advisor)
The Certificate Application and Evidence of Teaching forms can be filled out online and then printed for submission to:
Teaching and Learning Center
112 Bell Building
The TECH Center
1101 W. Montgomery Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19122
TU Zip: 286-09
If you have Adobe PDF writer, you can also save the forms and submit them digitally to TLC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We will process a ‘Change of Program’ form to add the Teaching in Higher Education Certificate to your graduate record when you are registered for the Reflective Practicum. Once you have completed the requirements for the program, we will send you a letter and certificate of completion. According to university policy, the Teaching in Higher Education certificate will be officially transcripted upon graduation from your degree program.
What if there is no seminar offered in my discipline?
Currently, almost every school or college offers the seminar during the academic year. Although you may not see something specifically for your major, courses are taught by faculty within
students' areas (i.e. humanities, health professions, social sciences, foreign language, etc.). All of the courses are designed to address general principles that can be applied across disciplines.
How many mentor meetings and journal entries are required for the Reflective Practicum to earn the certificate?
The requirements depend upon the semester you are teaching.
During the Fall & Spring semesters, the requirements are:
- meetings with mentor are bi-weekly, minimum = 7
- journal entries are weekly, minimum = 10
During the Summer Sessions, the requirements are adjusted for the shorter term:
- meetings with mentor are weekly, minimum = 6
- journal entries are submitted weekly, minimum = 6
I received an automatic email about a change to my gradate record. What does this mean?
We processed a ‘Change of Program’ form to add the Teaching in Higher Education Certificate to your graduate record because you are currently enrolled in the reflective practicum component of the certificate program. At this time there is no action for you to take. Once you complete the practicum, you will submit your paperwork as specified on our program web page. Once you have completed the requirements for the program, we will send you a letter and certificate of completion. The certificate will be awarded on your transcript after you have applied for graduation from your program of study.
For general questions about the certificate program, please email email@example.com.
If you are experiencing difficulty registering or submitting documents for the Reflective Practicum, please contact Annette Ponnock (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance.