AT Program Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

  • Why should I participate in the AT program?

    The Apprenticeship in Teaching program offers mentorship, professional development, meaningful dialogue with others interested in teaching, resources, best practices, and guidance from teaching experts at the university. Participants will meet and work alongside peers from departments around the university who share a common interest in the practice of teaching as they participate in workshops and discussions around topics of teaching and learning.  Authentic teaching tasks, likewise, offer participants the opportunity to engage with faculty mentors and CNDLS professional teaching staff as participants undertake real teaching practices.

  • What kind of program is the AT program?

    The Apprenticeship in Teaching program is a mentorship and training program for students who are interested in the pragmatics of teaching and would like to learn how to be be more informed, reflective instructors.  The program is not a teacher certification program and does not replace the formal training/certification programs that may be necessary for particular teaching careers (e.g. teaching in the public school system).  Instead, we offer thoughtful ideas, resources, and dialogue that can supplement other training or help prepare you for teaching in the future.

  • Does it cost anything to participate in the program?

    No, it is an entirely complimentary program funded by CNDLS and the Georgetown Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

  • When do I need to turn in my program registration form?

    While the form need not be turned in as a prerequisite for workshop registration, we strongly advise participants to turn in their registration form as soon as they can. The registration form needs to be signed by your director of graduate studies and submitted to us, and it's intended to serve as an informal "heads up" to your grad studies director that you'll be participating in the AT program. Again, the sooner you can submit this document, the better.

  • If the registration form is turned in and I don't finish the program, what happens?

    In short, nothing. If you do not finish the program before graduation, we will move our records of your registration and workshop attendances to an "inactive" list. You will still see the workshops you have taken on your transcript, however, listed as grade-free non-credit courses. Participating does not at any point obligate you to complete the program; we hope, however, that you will!

  • Where can the registration form be found, and where should it be turned in?

    The registration form can be downloaded from the AT website. Please return the completed form to the front desk of the CNDLS office in Car Barn 314.

  • What happens with the AT program over the summer?

    The AT program does not offer workshops over the summer. You are welcome, however, to work on your authentic teaching tasks over the summer. We offer a summer teaching task deadline for those who have a summer graduation date.

  • How do graduate students go about acquiring TA positions on campus?

    Different departments have different habits in seeking out and selecting teaching assistants. Unfortunately, we are unable to assist you in finding a TA position. We'd recommend that you speak with your department or program administrator for further help seeking out TA positions.

Workshops

  • When can I expect next semester's workshops to be posted?

    We try to post the final semester workshop schedule shortly before the semester begins. Once it is posted, we send an announcement over the listserv, and you are welcome to begin registering for workshops.

  • At what stage is it most productive to do the teaching circle elective?

    Past cycles of the Teaching Circle elective suggest that those who are currently TAing or instructing a course benefit the most from the conversation. While we will accept registrations from those who aren't teaching at the moment, it is especially fruitful for the group as a whole when discussion addresses pressing or practical issues in teaching that are arising during the semester.

  • How do I keep track of the workshops I have attended?

    We suggest you keep track of your workshop attendances in your personal records. You can also check off the workshops you have taken on your copy of the registration form.

    Use MyAccess to view the workshops for which you have received credit. Remember, we have no way of recording your attendance if you do not sign in at the start of each workshop. To view the workshops for which you have received attendance credit, log on to MyAccess, and then click "student records." Choose "academic transcript." There is a drop-down list asking what transcript type you would like; select "graduate." Select "non-credit non-certificate" and choose whether you want it to be displayed in PDF or HTML; then "submit." You should see all of the workshops you have attended listed in past semesters. (Your current semester's workshops will appear by the end of the semester.) If any workshops you have attended are missing, please contact the AT program.

  • What do I do if I have a suggestion for a workshop?

    Let us know what workshop you'd like to see. You can add it as a comment at the end of the feedback form we ask you to fill out at the end of each workshop, or you can email us with your idea.

Teaching Tasks

  • How do I accomplish all of the teaching tasks?

    Please refer to the teaching tasks portion of our website for details on the requirements we ask you to meet. We strongly recommend that you begin work on your teaching tasks before your final semester. The semester deadline for teaching task completion is posted at the beginning of the semester.  You will need to complete your teaching tasks before the deadline of the semester you will be graduating.

  • How should I go about asking a faculty member to review my authentic teaching tasks? Let me observe him/her?

    Many people ask faculty members with whom they have close working relationships to review their teaching tasks. If at all possible, we recommend that you ask a faculty member who knows you and your goals. But if you feel you haven't anyone to ask, we can try to help set you up with a faculty member in your department who is open to reviewing teaching tasks for the AT program.

  • Can I get extra help building my teaching portfolio?

    You are, of course, welcome to create a traditional paper portfolio. If you would like to create an electronic portfolio, or ePortfolio, instead of a paper-based portfolio, please contact Anna Kruse for technical support in setting up and using an ePortfolio.

  • Can I observe a graduate student teaching for my classroom observation?

    Unfortunately, no—we'd ask you instead to observe a regular faculty member.

  • If the course I want to observe is a three-hour-long course, do I still need to observe three sessions?

    We find it important that you observe the professor and class dynamic on several different days. Therefore, if the class you're observing is a once-a-week class that meets for several hours at a time, we would encourage you to attend at least 2 of the class periods. You need not observe the entire session if you have an opportunity to leave early discreetly and have discussed your plans with the professor you are observing. In all, you should aim to have three hours or more of observations that take place over at least two class periods.

  • Any further guidelines on completing the videotaped teaching task?

    The most important thing is that you try to create a teaching situation that comes as close to a traditional classroom as you can. It's important that there be some interactivity during the session, which should be at least 45 minutes long (note: submitted video recordings should be between ten minutes and one hour of that time). If you are having us film the session, it should take place within campus bounds (or within a reasonable distance from them). Students from the School of Continuing Studies are encouraged to check out a camera from Gelardin or work with SCS's videographer.