An experience proven to improve their academic experience at Tufts
To provide upper-level students with...
A unique opportunity to design and teach their own course
An experience that will refine their organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills
A chance to have an impact on the next class of Tufts students
Who can apply to teach a first-year seminar?
Any sophomore or junior in good academic standing with a minimum 3.2 GPA may apply to lead an Explorations seminar. Selected leaders will be juniors or seniors in the fall when they teach.
Can I apply from overseas?
Yes, you may apply via email. You will need to work together with your partner by email or Skype to complete parts of the application.
Can I teach the course virtually?
No, Explorations are designed to provide in-person experiences for new students as they adapt to life at Tufts.
What does the application process involve?
First, click the "Apply" link on our Peer Teaching page and fill out the Google form. Then click on the link to the full application which explains the program in more detail and lists the materials you need to submit, including a synopsis and outline of your course idea, a 1-2 page essay on why you want to teach and what you bring to the program, and forms for you to get two recommendations. There are a limited number of proposals chosen for Explorations, and the written application materials are reviewed closely. You may also be asked to meet with the program administrators (or talk by Skype if abroad).
How much credit do I get for teaching, and what are my teaching commitments?
You will receive a total of 4 SHU credits with Pass/Fail grading for teaching your course and for taking a teaching practicum led by the ExCollege administrators. You will teach your course once a week in the evening for 2.5 hours on a selected day Monday through Thursday. You will attend the teaching practicum on Mondays at open block from 12:00-1:00pm.
How many other courses can I take next fall?
We recommend taking no more than 11 additional SHUs.
Do I need to find a partner to work with?
We recommend that you design and teach the course with a partner, but we will also accept applications to teach solo. Because Explorations leaders also serve as peer advisors to the group of first-year students, having two co-teachers can make that aspect of the program more manageable.
Do I need to find a faculty member with whom to work?
No, a faculty adviser will be assigned to your students.
What will I need to do over the summer?
You will need to prepare a syllabus and course materials, with guidance from the ExCollege.
You will need to attend some virtual training sessions over the summer, and attend in-person practice teaching shortly before school starts. The exact dates will be provided.
When will applications be due?
Applications are due March 12, 2021 for the Fall 2021 semester. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org