Grad Courses

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Preparing Future Faculty Program

The Preparing Future Faculty Program assists doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows in developing teaching skills and exploring the faculty role at the college or university level. You'll discuss learning theory and strategies, develop teaching skills, create classroom and job search materials, and work with faculty from a range of institutional types. By completing the program, you can expect to gain a realistic perspective on the skills required for success as a faculty member.

The program is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Graduate School. To receive a letter of recognition and certificate of program participation, complete the two core courses: GRAD 8101, Teaching in Higher Education,  and GRAD 8200, Practicum for Future Faculty. You may also register for topics courses offered under the GRAD 8200 designation. Some graduate programs may have different requirements for doctoral students participating in this program. Contact the PFF Program coordinator, Bill Rozaitis ( with questions.  If you are a non-degree student or postdoc, follow these instructions for registration.

GRAD 8101: Teaching in Higher Education                                               

GRAD 8200: Practicum for Future Faculty

GRAD 8200: Teaching and Learning Topic in Higher Education

  • Teaching for Learning: An Online Course 
  • Multicultural Inclusive Learning and Teaching
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International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Program

The International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Program offers training and support to nonnative English speakers who teach courses and undertake other instructional responsibilities at the University of Minnesota.

The ITA program courses fulfill the University’s spoken English proficiency requirement for TA eligibility. The courses, which are open to all nonnative English speaking students and postdocs, focus on the discipline-specific oral communication skills needed in teaching.

If you have questions, please contact Jeff Lindgren at 612-625-3070 or

GRAD 5102: Preparation for University Teaching for Nonnative Speakers of English (for students with an ELP rating of 4)                                                  

GRAD 5105: Practicum in University Teaching for Nonnative English Speakers 5105 (for students with an ELP rating of 2)

CSE:TALK (College of Science and Engineering:Teaching and Language Kick-off) Program

If you are a non-degree student or postdoc, follow these instructions for registration.