Teaching Apprenticeships

Every student pursuing the College Teaching concentration must complete a minimum of two apprenticeships. Secondary teaching concentrators may, with permission, take apprenticeship as an elective.

Apprenticeship Goals

Students apprentice to gain experience in a variety of college-level courses and see how different faculty approach teaching. The main goals for the overall apprenticeship experience are:

  • Participate in a variety of courses in a meaningful way, gaining experience with the level of the material covered.
  • Observe a variety of teaching styles.

General Guidelines

  • Students should apprentice in different courses each time, preferably with different faculty if possible.
  • We strongly encourage students to apprentice in a range of courses. Possible courses include those listed below. Other courses are possible BUT please confirm deviating from this list.
    • Developmental Math
    • Statistics
    • Precalculus, Calculus, Business Calculus
    • Math for Elementary Education
    • Linear Algebra
    • Differential Equations
  • Duties for your apprenticeship can vary widely, and a few suggestions are given below - other ways of interacting are also possible. The specific plan should be discussed as early as possible, but no later than the first week of the semester.
    • Observe all class meetings, writing a journal that discusses how topics are introduced. (Not my favorite, but acceptable.)
    • Observe the class for a particular topic and work with the instructor to design the assessments to be used, including working on developing the grading rubric.
    • Prepare a topic in consultation with the instructor and then present the topic.
    • If there is a lab or in-class work period associated with the course, attend those, help with questions, and keep a log of common mistakes made by students.

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