Courses

Students talking and studying around a circular table, as seen from aboveThe Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers a selection of courses to support graduate students’ work in the classroom and along their career path. From teaching assistant (TA) development to academic communication classes to courses on teaching and learning, graduate students have a number of options from which to choose:

Although the courses are open to students from any discipline, permits are used to ensure the course is an appropriate fit for the graduate student prior to registration.

To see current course schedules, visit Georgia Tech's schedule of classes. Also, read about CTL course policies and permit requests. 


Tech to Teaching Courses 

CETL 8713 Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (3 Credit Hours)

This course focuses on learner-centered teaching and educational research. Students design lesson plans, practice teaching, self-reflect, give and receive peer feedback, and write a teaching philosophy. Offered fall and spring. Sample syllabus.

Grading Options: May be taken for a letter grade or pass/fail. Select the grading scheme when registering for the course in Banner. If taken for a letter grade, the course may be used toward a doctoral minor in higher education with home department pre-approval.

Prerequisite: Course is recommended for graduate students who have been a college-level TA for a lab and/or recitation section for at least one term.

Permit Requests and Registration Priority: Students must complete both a CTL graduate course permit request and a separate CETL 8713 questionnaire for permission from the course instructor. 

CETL 8715 Teach Practicum-Higher Ed (3 Credit Hours)

Be an apprentice to a faculty mentor and help teach a college course. Get feedback from the mentor, CTL, and a peer learning community. And explore various types of academic careers. Offered fall, spring and summer. Sample syllabus.

Prerequisites: Students must have a practical teaching opportunity available in which they can teach at least 15 percent of course lectures or an equivalent level of teaching practice. Practicum may be completed with a mentor from Georgia Tech, Georgia Perimeter College, Agnes Scott College, or Spelman College. Students can also get advice from CTL on how to initiate a practicum experience with a faculty mentor at another local institution. CETL 8713 or with special permission from CTL. Students must complete both a CTL graduate course permit request and a separate CETL 8715/8719 questionnaire for permission from the course instructor.

CETL 8717 Course Design for Higher Education (3 Credit Hours)

You will apply the learner-centered teaching paradigm and educational research to create a course syllabus, and you'll design other course elements for a college-level course of your choosing. Offered fall and spring. Sample syllabus.

Grading Options: May be taken for a letter grade or pass/fail. Select the grading scheme when registering for the course in Banner. If taken for a letter grade, the course may be used toward a doctoral minor in higher education with home department pre-approval.

Prerequisite: CETL 8713 recommended. Students must complete a CTL graduate course permit request.

CETL 8719 Teaching Immersion in Higher Education (1 Credit Hour)

Students will teach their own course as instructor of record with the support of a faculty mentor. Options at Georgia Tech may include teaching a course in the home department or teaching the GT 1000 Freshman Seminar. Students may also have the opportunity to be the instructor of record in a class taught at one of our partner institutions including Georgia Perimeter College, Agnes Scott College, or Spelman College. (Students can also get advice from CTL on how to initiate an immersion experience with a faculty mentor at a local institution.) Offered fall, spring and summer. Sample syllabus.

Prerequisites: CETL 8713 and CETL 8717, or with special permission from CTL. Students must complete both a CTL graduate course permit request and a separate CETL 8715/8719 questionnaire for permission from the course instructor.

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TA Development Courses

CETL 8000 Graduate Teaching Assistant Preparation (1 Credit Hour)

Sections: AP, BIO, CHM, EAS, ECE, MAT, COC, and PHYS
This course is an introduction to the procedural information and practical skills needed to be an effective graduate teaching assistant. Offered fall and spring as needed by departments.

Prerequisite: Course is restricted to graduate TAs hired by the department offering the course.

CETL 8801/8802 Communication Skills for International Teaching Assistants (1 Credit Hour [8801] or 2 Credit Hours [8802])

This course helps international students who will be TAs at Georgia Tech develop the skills and strategies they need in order to carry out teaching responsibilities for their departments and communicate more effectively with undergraduate students in their classes. The course focuses on language use for instructional purposes and provides an orientation to American classroom culture and basic pedagogy. Language goals for the participants include clearer pronunciation, appropriateness in presentation of information, interaction and rapport with students, and improved listening comprehension. Sample syllabus.

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Academic Communication Courses for Native/Fluent English Communicators

CETL 8721 Academic Writing for Graduate Students is no longer offered
​CETL 8741 Methods of Academic Presentation is no longer offered

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Academic Communication Courses for Nonnative/Nonfluent English Communicators

CETL 8723 (was 8722) Academic Writing for International Graduate Students (2 Credit Hours)

This course helps international graduate students enhance their academic writing skills in English through analysis and production of academic writing samples. Credit not awarded for both CETL 8723 and CETL 8722.

Permit Requests: No permit request required. 

CETL 8797 (was 8793) Oral Communication for International Graduate Students (2 Credit Hours)

In this class, students will work on fluency, accuracy, and appropriateness in spoken communication to prepare them to participate more effectively and confidently in their academic communities. Credit will not be awarded for both CETL 8797 and CETL 8793.

Permit Requests: No permit request required. 

CETL 8796 (was 8795) Presentation Skills for International Graduate Students (2 Credit Hours) Not offered spring 2017

This is an advanced oral skills class designed to help graduate students improve their verbal ability in English for effective communication in academic/professional situations. Credit will not be awarded for both CETL 8795 and CETL 8796.

Permit Requests:No permit request required. 

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