Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty Program - FAQs

Am I required to complete this program to become a graduate teaching assistant?

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.

Will completing this program guarantee me a graduate teaching assistantship?

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.

Is this program offered fully online?

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.

Can I attend the face-to-face sessions virtually?

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

I have previous engagements on some of the class days. Can I still participate?

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.

Some of the class days conflict with my GTA or other departmental responsibilities. Can I still participate?

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.

I am unavailable for the first class session. Can the first session count as one of my absences?

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

Can I come to class late or leave early?

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

How often is this program offered?

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

What days/times is this program offered?

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.

I have registered/been accepted to the program but am no longer able to make all the session dates. Can I defer my acceptance to a future semester?

No—you must reapply for future semesters. Registration information is posted on the Faculty Center website 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.

When will I receive an acceptance email?

Acceptance emails are sent out the week after registration closes.

What is the weekly time commitment for this program?

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.

What does this program cost? How much are the required materials?

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.

Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this program?

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

I am graduating soon, and I do not have any teaching experience. Will this program help me get a job?

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.

I have recently graduated with a graduate degree from UCF. Can I participate in this program?

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.

I am an undergraduate student that has been accepted to a graduate program. Can I enroll in this program while I am still an undergraduate?

You must wait until you have graduated from your undergraduate program to participate.


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