Preparing to Teach a College Class

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Congratulations on receiving your first college teaching assignment. The transition you are about to make from student to instructor will be exciting, challenging, and scary. If you are like most graduate students and new professors, it’s likely you have received little instruction on how to teach a college class, which is why this course was designed – to help get you started and establish good habits for your teaching career.

This course was designed by Wichita State University for our new GTA’s, instructors, and professors; however, it is suitable for new instructors at any institution.

Please allow 30 – 45 minutes to complete this course and quiz.


To begin this course, you will need to have an account and login. If you are not logged in or do not have an account, click “Login to Enroll” in the upper right of your screen. Next, click on one of the lessons below. At the bottom of each window, you will have the option to mark the lesson as complete (which will move you to the next lesson) or click on the “next lesson” button. A course navigation menu will remain on the left side of your screen for direct access to any page, including the quiz. Once you have reviewed all the content in this course, please attempt the Preparing to Teach a College Class Competency Quiz.

About the Author: This course was written and designed by the Office of Instructional Design and Access and Wichita State University.