Texas A&M University

GTA Fellows Certificate Program

To qualify for the GTA Fellows Certificate, the student will need to meet the following requirements:

  1. Attend 5 seminars covering the basics of the course development cycle. These seminars will be offered at least once in the fall and once in the spring. These seminars represent the “core curriculum” of GTA. Participants are required to answer reflection-oriented questions regarding each seminar topic. These reflections will be available in eLearning.
    1. Selecting Learning Outcomes
    2. Determining Student Prior Knowledge
    3. Assessment: Formative vs. Summative
    4. Selecting Teaching Methods
    5. Reflecting on Student Learning
  2. Attend 3 workshops producing teaching-related artifacts. These workshops will be offered at least once in the fall and once in the spring.  Group leaders will facilitate small group reviews of the documents. Upon completion of the program, participants will now have drafts of documents frequently required for academic positions. Participants are required to fill out a reflection in eLearning for each of the workshops.
    1. Writing a Philosophy of Teaching Statement
    2. Writing a CV. As an alternative to this workshop you may attend a consoling session with the A&M Career Center. They will be able to provide you with a form that indicates that you're taken the session. Please return this form to one of the GTA leaders to get credit for the workshop.
    3. Creating a Syllabus
  3. Attend 5 elective seminars on a variety of subjects related to teaching and higher education. These seminars will be delivered both in person (the more traditional seminar) and online. Topics will vary by semester. Participants will be required to fill out a reflection in the eLearning system for each seminar watched/attended. Additionally, it is possible to attend events put on by the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and the CIRTL program. Different reflections will be required for these event as discussed below.
    1. CIRTL coffee hours videos/podcasts. For these seminars please use the "CIRTL Seminar Reflection" form in eLearning.
    2. Local CIRTL seminars. For these seminars please use the "CIRTL Seminar Reflection" form in eLearning. 
    3. Workshops and Seminars provided by the Center for Teaching Excellence. For these seminars please use the "CIRTL Seminar Reflection" form in eLearning.
  4. Perform 3 classroom observations, only 1 of which may be from the participant’s mentor. Participants will answer questions on e-Learning reflecting on the classroom environment, teaching methods used, and overall effectiveness of the class.
  5. Each participant will select a mentor. The mentor should be a faculty member in any department, but should not be the participant’s advisor. Participants will meet with their mentor several times over the duration of the program to discuss various topics covered in the GTA program. In particular, mentors will review drafts of the documents mentioned in #2 and ultimately will be asked to sign off on documents submitted as part of the GTA certificate program.
  6. Fill out an end of program survey that will be available at the end of each semester.

Up to 5 of the required or elective seminars may be viewed online instead of attending the actual seminars. If the student is unable to attend due to academic or geographic considerations they may request the distance option allowing the entire program to be done remotely. For each seminar viewed online, the student will need to fill out a "Video Summary" form in eLearning instead of the regular seminar reflection.

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