Center for Teaching and Learning

CTL Graduate School courses

The Center for Teaching and Learning offers several experiential courses for graduate students during the academic year.  Each evidence-based course encourages students to reflect and participate by engaging in active learning.

See below for course descriptions.

Cherry blossoms on the UW Quad. Photo by Katherine B. Turner/ UWSpring quarter 2018

GRDSCH 515 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Frameworks and Practices (2 credits)

Designed for graduate students seeking to build knowledge and skills in effective teaching practices as a teaching assistant or independent instructor. Students will be introduced to fundamental pedagogical frameworks and practices applicable across the disciplines in: Course design, assessment, active learning strategies, teaching inclusively, and using technology effectively in teaching. (Credit/no-credit, Wed 1:30-3:20, GRB 100)

Instructor: Wei Zuo (

University of Washington class sitting on a lawn. Photo by Doug Plummer.Summer quarter 2018

GRDSCH 595 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: From Campus to Career (2 credits)

Offered online, GRDSCH 595 focuses on the development of teaching materials for academic job searches. Centers on developing engaging and comprehensive written materials that dovetail with research materials. Includes online group work, peer review, and mock interviews. Recommended for advanced graduate students, year 3 or beyond. Credit/no-credit only.

Instructor: Wei Zuo (

UW Summer Qtr Time Schedule

UW campus photo, Fall in the QuadAutumn quarter 2018

GRDSCH 501 Teaching Assistant Preparation (1 credit)

GRDSCH 501: TA Preparation is a hybrid course — in person at the TA Conference and online during autumn quarter. Students must register and participate in the TA Conference (Sept. 17-19th, 2018) in order to complete this course.

This course will provide students with post-conference support and opportunities to connect with other new TAs, learn more about campus resources, and explore specific strategies that support them in their roles as TAs.

GRDSCH 550 Teaching in Global Classrooms: Strategies for Teaching International and Multilingual Students (1 credit)

Explores teaching and learning opportunities created by the increasing enrollment of international and multilingual students in U.S. universities. Focuses on evidence-based teaching practices that leverage the diverse linguistic and cultural assets of global classrooms to enrich learning for all students. (Credit/no-credit)

Instructor: Katie Malcolm (

UW Autumn Qtr Time Schedule