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Teaching Opportunities for Graduate Students

The graduate program in History at the University of Georgia takes pride in training graduate students to be effective teachers at the post-secondary level. All graduate students who will serve as teaching assistants are required to take GRSC 7770, a special seminar designed to prepare teaching assistants for assignments at the University of Georgia as well as for potential careers involving instruction at other institutions. Students are trained in leading discussions using various teaching methods, dealing with classroom problems effectively, self-evaluating teaching, and pedagogical and practical approaches for beginning TAs as well as for future post-secondary educators.

Shortly before their comprehensive examinations, doctoral students take history 8001, a hands-on course in preparation for teaching college history classes. Topics covered include designing a course; designing a lecture sequence; preparing and delivering lectures; developing multimedia presentations; selecting readings and leading discussions; writing assignments; testing and evaluation; educational psychology; and teaching ethics.

All students on assistantships have opportunities to serve as graders and as discussion section leaders. After careful peparation, PhD students customarily teach their own classes.

At the Center for Teaching and Learning, graduate students are provided with resources for Teaching Assistant Support, including a Teaching Assistants Orientation before fall classes.

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