Teaching and Teaching Assistantship
Interested in Learning More About Teaching and Teaching Assistantships?
MCDB majors who are interested in education, either as a profession, or just because they like teaching, have several opportunities in the MCDB department that give students direct teaching experience.
- The Learning Assistant Program
Learning Assistants (LAs) are undergraduates hired to facilitate learning, usually in a small group setting, primarily in introductory science and math classes across the CU campus. LAs are students who have performed well in a course that uses LAs, and have a strong interest in teaching. They are paid a modest stipend (~$1,500/semester) to work ~10 hours per week, and are also required to take a course in pedagogy in the School of Education. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more through teaching, or interested in teaching as a profession.
- Undergraduate Teaching Assistants for MCDB courses
Talented undergraduates who have done well in MCDB courses can apply for teaching assistant positions for MCDB 1150/1151, MCDB 2150/2151 and, MCDB 3135/3140. Teaching assistants teach and grade the laboratory portion of the class, attend lecture, hold office hours, attend a weekly TA meeting, and proctor and grade exams. To apply for a teaching assistant position, use the link below.
Teaching Assistant Application
- CU Teach
CU Teach is a recruitment and training program for Science and Math teacher certification. Students can take introduction to teaching courses (called Step 1 and Step 2) through CU Teach to decide if they are interested before officially enrolling in the CU Teach program.
Where are we seeing transformations in education?Not only are the MCDB faculty world-class researchers, they also care about educating undergraduates!
- Science Education Initiative (SEI)
MCDB is part of a University funded program called the Science Education Initiative (SEI). The SEI staff and faculty have worked in MCDB to improve the way courses are taught, focusing on improving student learning. MCDB courses, both introductory and upper division, use a variety of active learning approaches to help students connect with the material at a conceptual level, rather than just memorizing facts.
- Research into Teaching
Several MCDB faculty specifically engage in research about how students learn biology, and how to improve this learning (Jenny Knight and Mike Klymkowsky).