High school teachers who meet UMD CITS criteria may be eligible to teach rigorous UMD credit courses to high-ability high school students.
Why should you become a CITS teacher?
- Status as UMD faculty with Teaching Specialist rank.
- Collaboration with discipline-specific UMD faculty liaisons.
- Professional development opportunities
- Orientation and seminars led by faculty liaisons
- Opportunities for in-person discussions with peers from other schools regarding best practices, challenges and teaching strategies
- Coaching on using college syllabi, rubrics and examinations
- Training in online resources
- Access to UMD faculty resources, including:
- Computer lab basic access and Internet
- UMD licensed software
- Faculty library privileges, including training in using:
- Library electronic databases for research projects/papers
- Interlibrary Loan services
- Library References services
- UMD websites, the CITS website, and the UMD Calendar of Events with access to international/national presenters
- Ongoing assistance from CITS program staff.
- Minnesota teacher's license.
- Earned master's degree (dependent upon specific UMD department's requirements).
- Significant graduate-level course work in the subject area of CITS instruction.
- Demonstrated excellence in teaching advanced high school students.
- Support from the school principal or a chief administrator.
- Five years of consecutive teaching experience in the subject area.
- Participating in course-specific training workshops (see CITS Teacher Workshop Attendance under UMD Policies and Requirements).
- Prior to the first year of teaching in the program, new CITS instructors work closely with their UMD faculty mentor.
- Participating in UMD campus visits and customized training.
- Participating in the CITS subject-specific listserv.
- Informing students of testing dates and deadlines for papers and projects on the course syllabus, approved by the UMD faculty mentor prior to the beginning of the term.
- Using UMD's approved textbook(s) and curriculum.
- Using UMD's course-specific grading rubric to determine UMD grades.
- Notifying students of their progress on a routine basis, especially prior to the deadline to withdraw from the course-before the end of the eighth week of the semester.
- Posting UMD grades using UMD web grader prior to the semester deadline.
- Teaching at least one term of a CITS course each year or by special arrangement.