CH 407 Guidelines:

  • It is important to plan ahead - the teaching seminar is only offered Fall term
  • Teaching seminar should be taken during or before the term you enroll in the teaching internship (CH 410).  
  • Obtain and complete the blanket course approval form.  

You are responsible for arranging a teaching internship (CH 410) with an instructor teaching a general chemistry course. Positions may be limited depending on the term and the pool of undergraduate and graduate students involved with teaching. Normally undergraduate students should be at least in their 3rd year (taking P-chem). The policy and rules for the teaching internship are specified at the following site. 

Enrollment in CH 407 and 410 is not restricted only to chemistry majors. If you think you might be interested in being an undergraduate teaching assistant in chemistry, it is strongly recommended you take the teaching seminar Fall term.  Please contact Professor Phil Watson if you are interested in learning more about being an undergraduate TA in chemistry.

Students who complete the CH 407 - Teaching Seminar and the CH 410 - Teaching Internship will be given preference for paid teaching assistant positions in subsequent terms.


Rules for CH 410 Registration:

  • The course instructor will serve as the faculty mentor for the TA Intern. 
  • The TA Intern will enroll in the teaching seminar (CH 407 SEM/teaching) during the Fall term of the academic year that CH 410 is taken.
  • The normal load for three credits of CH 410 includes the following for the TA Intern and should total 90 - 100 hr/ term.

1. Each TA Intern will have the normal TA responsibilities for 1 section of general chemistry lab and recitation (3-4 hrs contact/week) or three general chemistry recitations (3 hr contact/week). 

2. The TA Intern is expected to attend and participate in the weekly course staff meeting (1 hr contact/week).

3. The TA Intern is expected to meet weekly with the assigned faculty mentor to discuss teaching techniques.

4. The TA Intern will be assigned to help grade and proctor midterms and the final (10 hr/term).

5. The TA Intern is allotted 3-4 hrs per week for preparations (30-40 hr/ term). This time includes reading the text, doing homework problems, designing and producing quizzes, reading and practicing lab procedures. 

  • Student interns will be provided written and oral feedback on performance as a TA.  A separate student review in addition to the regular OSU course evaluation forms will be conducted for courses for which TA Intern served as one of the course TA's.