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IDS 6513 Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty FAQs

No—there is an alternate GTA training that consists of up to three online modules and a six-hour face-to-face training, depending on the type of appointment you have been offered. The PTF course, however, replaces that required training if it is completed the semester before your appointment begins. Graduate students who will be teaching their own courses sometimes prefer to complete the PTF course, as it provides a more thorough preparation for teaching.

No—the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning provides training for graduate teaching assistants but is not involved in the process of assigning assistantships. If you are interested in obtaining a teaching assistantship, you will need to talk to the graduate coordinator in your department.

No—this course focuses on face-to-face teaching, so the in-class sessions are used partially to model good practice. If you are interested in teaching online, professional development opportunities offered by UCF’s Center for Distributed Learning may be helpful; many are available to graduate students.

No—the in-class sessions consist of many group exercises and activities that require you to be present in the classroom.

If you are absent for more than two class sessions, you will be automatically dropped from the course. If you are not available for all the face-to-face sessions, you may register for a future semester that better fits your schedule.

If you miss more than two class sessions for any reason, you will be dropped from the course. If you are not available for all the face-to-face sessions, you may register for a future semester that better fits your schedule.

The first class session is required. If you do not make the first session on time, you will automatically be dropped from the course.

If you need to come to class late or leave early, it will count as a half-absence.

IDS 6513 Preparing Tomorrow’s Faculty is offered once every semester.

IDS 6513 Preparing Tomorrow’s Faculty is offered once per semester. The dates/times the course is offered depend on the schedule of the instructor(s) and the availability of the classroom we use. Dates and times are released the semester before the course begins. Because of scheduling, the course is often offered on Friday afternoons.

No—you must first drop the course by the university deadline and then register for future semesters through myUCF.

Outside readings and homework will be assigned, but the student’s time investment may vary depending on the level of commitment.

As long as you are enrolled in at least one other credit hour, the course is free, and the Faculty Center provides the required materials. You only need to bring paper, a writing utensil, and your printed assignments to class. Some students also purchase a dedicated notebook. You may also want to purchase a binder for your portfolio, especially if you will be applying for jobs in the near future.

If you are enrolled in no other credit hours during the same semester, you will be assessed one credit hour at the Florida Resident Tuition rate; see

Alternatively, if you are not enrolled in any classes, you can avoid paying the one-credit hour fee by attending the course as a non-enrolled student, in which case you will be awarded a course certificate—but the class will not be recorded on your transcript. Non-enrolled students will only be admitted if the class does not fill.

If you register for and complete the course, it will be recorded on your transcript. However, a certificate can also be provided upon request to include in your portfolio.

Maybe—former graduates of this program have used their teaching portfolio to apply for jobs in academia that require teaching. Some have been hired with and without prior teaching experience; however, each situation is unique.

You must have an active NID to participate in this course. In some instances, recent graduates have been able to participate when they remain at the university, but only departments can provide you with an active NID. The Faculty Center cannot activate your NID.