CAT Grads | Teaching Development Program

Welcome to the TDP

Graduate students seeking robust preparation in college-level teaching are invited to join CAT’s multi-semester teaching development program. Participants will explore how research on learning can enhance their teaching, and they will learn strategies for successful teaching at FSU and beyond.

TDP activities include the following:

  • Interactive workshops;
  • Thought-provoking reading groups;
  • Opportunities to design (and revise) syllabi, assignments, and other course materials with feedback from CAT consultants;
  • Structured support for giving and receiving feedback on teaching; and
  • Guidance for writing a scholarly and compelling teaching statement.

As a capstone, participants will compile their work into a teaching portfolio intended to showcase their preparation to teach and improve their success on the academic job market. Participants who finish the program will receive a printed and electronic certificate of completion.

We estimate that graduate students will participate in the program for four semesters, but you are welcome to do it in more or fewer, as your graduate studies and teaching responsibilities allow.


Connect with the CAT Grads Community

Throughout the TDP, participants will have opportunities to meet and work with other graduate students across disciplines; CAT faculty and staff; and faculty and staff from around the university. We all design better courses, and have more fun working on teaching, when we get together with colleagues to brainstorm and give and receive feedback. We look forward to welcoming you into this community of practice for graduate students, where we hope you will exchange pedagogical ideas and resources throughout your time at FSU.

Getting Started

To join, attend an information session where you’ll learn more about the program and have an opportunity to enroll. April info sessions are now available! See below for date/registration information:

Date Options – April dates concluded; more info sessions coming soon! 

Download a description of the components of the program and a sample schedule of completion.

CAT Grads TDP is a flexible, multi-semester, non-credit bearing professional development opportunity. TDP workshops may count toward the The Graduate School’s Preparing Future Faculty Certificate. If you would like to explore earning a graduate certificate in College Teaching by taking credit-bearing courses in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, you can check out their website.

The Teaching Development Program is a component of FSU’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Enhancing Doctoral Education at FSU. The QEP is part of the process for Reaffirmation of Accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).