Graduate School (GRAD)

GRAD 4010: Preparing To Be A Graduate Teaching Assistant

Provides an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of teaching assistants to prepare students for graduate school. Learning will take place through observation, lecture, reading and discussion. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1


GRAD 7010: Preparing To Be A Graduate Teaching Assistant

Provides an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of teaching assistants to prepare students for graduate school. Learning will take place through observation, lecture, reading and discussion. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: graduate standing


GRAD 7020: Learning Across Borders Seminar

Social, cultural, and economic problems--and their solutions--are increasingly global and interdisciplinary. Global awareness is essential, therefore, in order to compete in the increasing global marketplace. Coupling professional knowledge and skills with international experience gives graduates a competitive advantage, as employers look beyond the academic transcript for additional skills. The Learning Across Borders seminar (LAB) creates opportunities for graduate students to work across cultures and disciplines. Throughout the academic year students will participate in a series of Think Tanks (interactive discussions facilitated by MU faculty and special guests) and LAB-approved events. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: Students must register for both semesters


GRAD 7070: Academic Interactions in the American University

This course is designed to give graduate students new to the western academic environment an overview of classroom and departmental activities and expectations. Specifically, it will give students cultural insight into academic tasks and some of the linguistic tools necessary to accomplish those tasks.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ibt TOEFL of 60
Recommended: for any students who have not previously studied in a western academic environment and strongly recommended for students with an overall TOEFL score of 80 or below or sub-scores in listening and/or speaking of 20 or less


GRAD 7302: Tools for Teaching American Students

Emphasis on advanced academic listening, discrete pronunciation skills, techniques for laboratory teaching and one-to-one interactions. Integrated with a general overview of American classroom culture.

Credit Hours: 3


GRAD 7303: Communication and Culture for American College Teaching

This class will focus on the linguistic aspects of teaching. as well as specific pedagogical; and cultural aspects of the American classroom. It will emphasize fluency development at the suprasegmental level, and interactive teaching skills, like organizational, questioning and compensation strategies.

Credit Hours: 3


GRAD 9001: Topics in Graduate School

Organized study of selected professional and career development topics. Subjects and course credit may vary from semester to semester.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: instructor's and academic advisor's consent


GRAD 9010: Preparing Future Faculty I

First course in a two-semester Preparing Future Faculty program that introduces Ph.D. students to a variety of faculty roles and work environments. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


GRAD 9020: Preparing Future Faculty II

Second course in a two-semester Preparing Future Faculty program that introduces Ph.D. students to a variety of faculty roles and work environments. Topics build upon those presented in GRAD 9010 and focus on the job search and career development processes. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: GRAD 9010


GRAD 9030: Teaching with Technology-Strategies for Your Online Classroom

(same as IS_LT 9477). Designed to assist current and future course instructors to integrate learning technologies into a traditional face-to-face course. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hour: 1


GRAD 9050: Building Leadership Potential with Transferable Skills

Specialized leadership and transferable skills course that helps students recognize their potential and versatility for careers within and beyond the academy. Five major themes: 1) Leadership Theory and Strengths; 2) Management and Organization; 3) Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution; 4) Verbal and Written Communication and 5) Creativity and Entrepreneurship. Learning enhanced with readings and videos and in Blackboard. Guest speakers. Must complete StrengthsQuest, readings, a job shadow with a leader of choice, and an Individual Development Plan. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: early stage doctoral student in good standing; instructor consent


GRAD 9304: Instructional and Communication Strategies for Effective College Teaching

This class will focus on teaching and presentation strategies such as lesson design, using case studies and problem based learning, interactive learning, and classroom and course management. The linguistic emphasis will be on reduction, linking and speech patterns as will as pragmatic issues of organizing, clarifying and emphasizing ideas. Requires an MU Oral Language Proficiency Assessment score of 3 and course consent. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ITAP language level 3P or GRAD 7303 and level 2; consent required