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Academy for Future Faculty Teaching Certificate Program

The Academy for Future Faculty Teaching Certificate Program (AFF) provides professional development for graduate students and post-docs  in preparation  for a career in higher education. AFF offers a two-semester program anchored by faculty mentorship and featuring weekly seminars and workshops. AFF events are free and open to everyone in the Texas A&M University academic community. Participants may choose to attend a few events or enough to complete requirements for the Academy for Future Faculty Fellow certificate. New fellows are recognized at our annual banquet in April.
 

Teaching Assistant Institute (TAI)

The Teaching Assistant Institute (TAI), hosted by the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies and the Center for Teaching Excellence, is a one day face-to-face course with additional online modules designed to prepare graduate students for college classroom teaching. TAI is offered every year at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters and is required for new TAs who serve as recitation leaders, laboratory instructors, and/or full responsibility lecturers.


Graduate Teaching Consultant Program

The Graduate Teaching Consultant Program (GTC) supports the professional development in teaching of graduate students, and includes opportunities that support enhanced teaching experience, as outlined in the Model of Graduate Student Professional Development in Teaching. GTCs are graduate students exhibiting pedagogical skills and knowledge within their disciplines. GTCs, under the supervision of the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), serve as instructional coaches and peer mentors to TAs across campus. GTCs are available to conduct classroom observations upon request. 
 

English Language Proficiency Program

The English Language Proficiency Program (ELP) is a linguistic service provided to international instructors (and prospective instructors) who wish to improve their spoken English skills. The ELP supports  Texas A&M University's commitment to excellence in teaching and learning by encouraging effective oral communication among  professors and teaching assistants.
 

College Classroom Teaching

Gain College Teaching Experience and Earn a Nationally-Recognized CITRL Practitioner Certificate!
College Classroom Teaching:  Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning Meets select Fridays from 3-5 p.m. in the spring semester earning 1 credit hour. Want to learn more about teaching in a classroom?  Looking for experienced mentors to help you get started on your future educational career?  TAMU CIRTL, CTE and OGAPS are pleased to offer the College Classroom Teaching course to Texas A&M graduate students!  All disciplines welcome! The College Classroom Teaching course will provide doctoral level students with the unique opportunity to discuss relevant teaching techniques with other graduate students and experienced faculty from multiple disciplines and design and implement a course module with a faculty mentor in an undergraduate classroom. Read more