Graduate Student Professional Development

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Your graduate program will be giving you excellent training in your discipline. If you plan to include teaching at some point in your career, it will also be helpful to take some training in pedagogy (the study of teaching methods and student learning). The basic premise of pedagogy training is that teaching should be understood like any other academic enterprise: evidence-based. Ideally, training will allow you to take a step back, evaluate your own preconceptions of teaching, and shape your approach in the classroom based on the best available empirical data on how students actually learn. Workshop topics will vary, but will generally show you how to: manage “challenging” students in the classroom, address cultural diversity, design a curriculum, incorporate pedagogical research into the classroom, and develop a statement of teaching philosophy.

The Graduate School hosts Teaching Assistant Certification Series (TACS) for any graduate student interested in a future career involving teaching, especially those considering becoming future faculty. This program does not involve additional formal coursework or tuition.

To earn the certificate, students must complete the following within one academic year:

  1. Participate in at least 6 of the TACS-approved workshops; the following 4 are mandatory FERPA, Title IX, SHSU Online, and Classroom Management,
  2. Submit a copy of their statement of teaching philosophy by TBD, they will then receive feedback on it and must submit a revised copy electronically to 
  3. Have an observation of their teaching and receive formative feedback. To schedule please contact 

*Note that workshops are open to all students as professional development, even if not enrolled in the TACS program.