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PTF 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 program, 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 this program, 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 program 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 program. 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 program. 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 program.

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

Preparing Tomorrow’s Faculty is offered once per semester, including the Summer C semester.

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

No—you must reapply for future semesters. Registration information is posted on this page several weeks before the beginning of each semester. The College of Graduate Studies will send an email advertising the program to current graduate students a couple of weeks before the registration deadline.

Acceptance emails are sent out the week after registration closes.

This program requires a considerable amount of work, similar to your other graduate courses. The amount of time it takes per week depends largely on how long it takes you to complete the readings and create the draft assignments for your teaching portfolio. Generally, it is suggested that students set aside three hours of uninterrupted work time per week outside of class.

The program 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.

Yes—you will receive a printed certificate to add to your teaching 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 program. 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.