Teachers

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.

 

Eligibility Requirements

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  • Minnesota teacher's license.
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  • Earned master's degree (dependent upon specific UMD department's requirements).
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  • Significant graduate-level course work in the subject area of CITS instruction.
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  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching advanced high school students.
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  • Support from the school principal or a chief administrator.
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  • Five years of consecutive teaching experience in the subject area.

 

Responsibilities

  • Participating in course-specific training workshops (see CITS Teacher Workshop Attendance under UMD Policies and Requirements).
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  • Prior to the first year of teaching in the program, new CITS instructors work closely with their UMD faculty mentor.
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  • Participating in UMD campus visits and customized training.
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  • Participating in the CITS subject-specific listserv.
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  • 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.
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  • Using UMD's approved textbook(s) and curriculum.
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  • Using UMD's course-specific grading rubric to determine UMD grades.
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  • 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.
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  • Posting UMD grades using UMD web grader prior to the semester deadline.
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  • Teaching at least one term of a CITS course each year or by special arrangement.