Authentic Teaching Tasks


Participants in the AT program must submit four authentic teaching tasks to complete the program. These tasks include a Classroom Observation, Syllabus Design, Teaching Philosophy Statement, and Videotaped Teaching Practice. For each task, you must submit the proper documentation (see associated web pages for more details on each task) to certify that you have completed it. Only electronic versions will be accepted.

Note: Tasks must only be submitted electronically. To submit a teaching task or to schedule your Videotaped Teaching Practice consultation, email CNDLS must review and approve of all documents for you to fulfill the requirements of the AT program. Please note the submission deadlines below for both the fall and spring semesters.

For the Syllabus Design and Teaching Philosophy Statement tasks, a faculty review is also required. The faculty review and related revisions should be made before these documents are submitted to CNDLS; first drafts and faculty comments must also be included in the submissions to CNDLS. Materials are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Completing the four authentic teaching tasks takes time and organization. We have found that participants who wait until their final semester to begin these tasks find it difficult to complete them. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to develop a teaching task completion plan at least a full semester before your anticipated graduation date. 

We also recommend that you look for opportunities to initiate your teaching tasks throughout your graduate career at Georgetown, and, in particular, take advantage of the Syllabus Design, Teaching Portfolio, and Effective Classroom Interactions workshops to help you complete the associated tasks. Additionally, please reach out to us with any additional questions you have. 

Note to graduating participants: If you are graduating, please be sure you’ve informed us of your graduation date and make every effort to submit materials well in advance of your graduation date and no later than the CNDLS Review Deadline designated below.

Deadlines - Submission Schedules

  • The Fall Semester deadline is the Friday before the week of Thanksgiving
  • The Spring Semester deadline is the Friday after Spring Break

These deadlines ensure that we have time to review and solicit revisions when necessary prior to a participant’s graduation. If you do not plan to graduate, then the semester submission deadlines do not apply to you.

Please submit any completed documentation electronically at You will need to scan and email documents with faculty signatures.