Teaching and Learning Apprentices work with a faculty mentor on a particular course. This experience is intended for exceptional students who wish to deepen their knowledge of the discipline, gain a better understanding of the professional academic life, engage in a meaningful mentoring relationship with a faculty mentor around issues related to teaching, enhance their interpersonal and communication skills, and develop their leadership skills. The experience may be of particular value to students who wish to pursue a career in higher education or teaching in general. Faculty members invite students to consider a 489 experience. 


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Completion of the course for which the student will be a TLA (Teaching and Learning Apprentice) with a grade of at least an A-, b) completed higher level relevant course work that prepares the student to be a TLA with a minimum grade of B+, or c) by permission of the department chair; a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; junior or senior standing;

Course Types

Advanced Studies; Sociology Elective; Anthropology Elective


A registration form must be completed and submitted prior to the first day of class for which the student will serve as a TLA. The form will require a syllabus and the signatures of the TLA, faculty mentor, the TLA's faculty advisor, and the department chair/program director or coordinator. Requires satisfactory completion of all requirements listed on the registration form and by permission of the instructor and department chair only.

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