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.


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 (weizuo@uw.edu)

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. 17-19, 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.

Lead Instructor: Calla Chancellor (calla8@uw.edu)
Team instructors: Jamal Gabobe (jamali@uw.edu), Milan Vidaković (milan@uw.edu), Wei Zuo (weizuo@uw.edu)

UW Autumn Qtr Time Schedule

GRDSCH 630 Acting Up: Teaching Theater for Change (2 credits)

Want to make positive change in classroom and institutional climates so that all of our students thrive? In this cross-disciplinary course, students build practical skills in Theatre of the Oppressed and other arts-based pedagogies to promote inclusive educational environments in classroom, institutional, and community contexts. After completing the course, students will have the opportunity to get involved in UW’s Theater for Change (TFC) Program.

Co-instructors: Tikka Sears (tikka@uw.edu) and Elba Moise (moisee@uw.edu)

Note: After Sept. 18 this course will be listed as GRDSCH 525 and registered students will be enrolled in GRDSCH 525. 

UW Autumn Qtr Time Schedule

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 (kmalc@uw.edu)

UW Autumn Qtr Time Schedule


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GRDSCH 515 Frameworks & 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 only.

Instructor: Wei Zuo

GRDSCH 540 Hybrid Pedagogies (2 credits)

Students explore pedagogies and practices using technologies for promoting student learning through active engagement; designing and assessing online assignments; and teaching inclusively. Through a blend of face-to-face and online class meetings, students will experience and reflect on models of hybrid teaching. Credit/no-credit only.

Instructor: Calla Chancellor


Spring quarter 2019Student taking notes

GRDSCH 515 Frameworks & Practices

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 only.

Instructor: Wei Zuo


Summer quarter 2019UW Seattle students walking through the quad.

GRDSCH 595: From Campus to Career

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