TeaCHE FAQ

General Questions
1. When should I do TeaCHE?
2. Is there a penalty for declaring my intention to pursue the teaching capstone but not completing it? Will my attempt appear on my transcript?
3. What are the deadlines to turn in the TeaCHE Intent to Participate form and submit the final TeaCHE portfolio in order to have TeaCHE appear on my transcript in time for graduation?
4. What if I will not be able to complete all my TeaCHE requirements before the deadline? May I ask for an extension?
5. In what form should I turn in my final packet? Electronically or in a physical binder?
6. Is TeaCHE a formal certification program or a credentialed degree? Is there a cost?
7. For which Categories do I need to fill out the Activity Tracking Forms?

Category 1
8. Is my department's departmental training course for Teachers of Record (TORs) approved to fulfill Category 1?
9. If I am attending five SETs to fulfill Category 1, do I need to fill out an Activity Tracking Form for each one?
10. If I participated in my department's training course for Teachers of Record (TORs), or if I took EDA 6302 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and I used it to fulfill Category 1, does that mean that any SET that I attend counts immediately toward my points for Category 5 (Item I)?

Category 2
11. Where do I sign up for the Teacher of Record Orientation to fulfill Category 2?

Category 3
12. Where can I sign up to serve as a peer reviewer or find a peer reviewer for Category 3?

Category 4
13. I am not currently teaching a course. How can I arrange a teaching observation of myself to fulfill Category 4?
14. May I have another graduate student, rather than a faculty member, observe my teaching to fulfill Category 4?
15. Whom do I contact at the Academy for Teaching and Learning to arrange for someone to observe my teaching to help fulfill Category 4? Do I need to go through the ATL to set up a teaching observation?

Category 5
16. Do items I completed for other Categories (like SETs for Category 1 or Teaching Observations for Category 4) count toward my points for Category 5?
17. For Category 5, do I need to fill out an Activity Tracking Form for each activity I complete or just one form for each section listing all the activities I completed in that section?
18. Do PROFF workshops count toward points for Category 5 (Item A)?
19. How do I document attending a conference for points in Category 5 (Item D)?
20. Is there a limit to the number of points I can earn through the same Item in Category 5? For example, could I earn all 50 of my points by attending SETs?
21. May I count activities that I completed before beginning TeaCHE toward points in Category 5?
22. Do you have any sample Activity Tracking Forms for Category 5 that I could look at?

General Questions
1. When should I do TeaCHE?
Of course, the answer is different for everyone. But we generally recommend waiting until the latter part of your graduate program, probably the last year or two. By this time many students will have already completed a number of the requirements for TeaCHE and will have the opportunity to teach as Teachers of Record (TORs) in their own departments, which will facilitate the completion of the remaining TeaCHE requirements. Check and see how your department's requirements correspond to those of TeaCHE.

2. Is there a penalty for declaring my intention to pursue the teaching capstone but not completing it? Will my attempt appear on my transcript?
No, there is no penalty for not completing TeaCHE. If you complete the program you will receive a sentence on your transcript stating your completion, but if you do not complete the program your transcript will not be affected. Of course, we would like you to finish, but we understand that circumstances can be unpredictable. If you are unable to finish, we hope that at least some of what you accomplished was worthwhile for your future career as an educator. You may withdraw at any time.

3. What are the deadlines to turn in the TeaCHE Intent to Participate form and submit the final TeaCHE portfolio in order to have TeaCHE appear on my transcript in time for graduation?
The deadline to submit the TeaCHE Intent to Participate form is four weeks after the first day of classes in the fall semester. You then have one academic year to complete the requirements, with the final TeaCHE portfolio due two weeks before the last day of classes in the spring semester of the academic year in which you signed up. This deadline holds regardless of when you plan to graduate.

4. What if I will not be able to complete all my TeaCHE requirements before the deadline? May I ask for an extension?
Unfortunately we cannot grant extensions on the TeaCHE deadline. Please plan your schedule accordingly so that you will be able to complete the program in time.

5. In what form should I turn in my final packet? Electronically or in a physical binder?
Please turn in your completed TeaCHE portfolio in physical paper form, preferably in its own folder or binder. Please submit the packet to the Graduate School's Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Development (Morrison Hall, Suite 200) for review. Once reviewed, you may collect your portfolio, which we hope you will decide to keep as the accomplished product of your hard work.

6. Is TeaCHE a formal certification program or a credentialed degree? Is there a cost?
No, TeaCHE is not a formal certification program or a credentialed degree, and it is not accredited by an outside board. It is a program offered by the Baylor Graduate School to help you prepare for teaching in higher education and to increase your marketability upon graduation. As such, there are no continuing education requirements to do after completing TeaCHE, nor is there a cost to participate in TeaCHE (other than your time and efforts, of course!).

7. For which Categories do I need to fill out the Activity Tracking Forms?
The Activity Tracking Form is only for activities you complete in Category 5. The other Categories (1-4) either have their own forms or do not need a tracking form (that is, attendance is sufficient). It is always a good idea, however, to keep your own record of what you attend, in case there are any discrepancies with our records.


Category 1
8. Is my department's departmental training course for Teachers of Record (TORs) approved to fulfill Category 1?
Please see the list of Graduate School-approved departmental training courses for preparation of Teachers of Record (TORs). If your department's training course is not listed, please contact us to see if it can be approved.

9. If I am attending five SETs to fulfill Category 1, do I need to fill out an Activity Tracking Form for each one?
No, if you are fulfilling Category 1 by attending five SETs, then your attendance at the SETs is all that is required. But please note that to receive points in Category 5 (Item I) for any SET that you attend after these first five, you must fill out an Activity Tracking Form, beginning with the sixth SET on. SETs you attend to fulfill Category 1 cannot be used for points in Category 5.

10. If I participated in my department's training course for Teachers of Record (TORs), or if I took EDA 6302 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and I used it to fulfill Category 1, does that mean that any SET that I attend counts immediately toward my points for Category 5 (Item I)?
Yes! If you fulfilled Category 1 either by participating in your department's training course for Teachers of Record (TORs) or by taking EDA 6302 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, then every SET you attend can count for points toward Item I of Category 5 (so long as you fill out an Activity Tracking Form for each SET). If, however, you are using five SETs to fulfill Category 1, then only SETs you attend after your first five may count for points in Category 5.


Category 2
11. Where do I sign up for the Teacher of Record Orientation to fulfill Category 2?
These training sessions generally occur once or twice per semester. Notifications for upcoming sessions are sent to new TORs and to TeaCHE participants with links and instructions for registering. You can also learn about scheduled sessions and how to register by contacting Alanna Martinez at the Graduate School.

Category 3
12. Where can I sign up to serve as a peer reviewer or find a peer reviewer for Category 3?
A link to the website to view a list of volunteer peer reviewers will be available soon. To add your name to the list, please contact Alanna Martinez. You can volunteer to be listed as a peer reviewer, and for every teaching philosophy or syllabus you peer review for another TeaCHE participant (up to three) you earn points toward the self-directed study component of Category 5.

Category 4
13. I am not currently teaching a course. How can I arrange a teaching observation of myself to fulfill Category 4?
Perhaps there is a faculty member in your department who would be willing to allow you to give a lecture in their place for one class period? Or perhaps one is going out of town or attending a conference and could use a substitute for a day? Or perhaps a fellow graduate student would be willing to give you their class session for a day? (You could always remind them about the time it will save them!)

14. May I have another graduate student, rather than a faculty member, observe my teaching to fulfill Category 4?
No, unless the graduate student is a Fellow of the Academy for Teaching and Learning assigned to observe you by the ATL. Otherwise you must make arrangements with a faculty member to observe your teaching. We recognize that you can benefit from having a peer observe your teaching, but to ensure the quality and consistency of the capstone we require that you be observed by a credentialed faculty member to receive TeaCHE credit for Category 4.

15. Whom do I contact at the Academy for Teaching and Learning to arrange for someone to observe my teaching to help fulfill Category 4? Do I need to go through the ATL to set up a teaching observation?
Please contact the ATL Office to set up an observation. Alternatively, the observation does not need to be done by someone from ATL to fulfill the TeaCHE requirement. You can have any faculty member observe you, including someone from your own department. Remember to provide them with the appropriate observation forms.


Category 5
16. Do items I completed for other Categories (like SETs for Category 1 or Teaching Observations for Category 4) count toward my points for Category 5?
No, items used to complete Categories 1-4 cannot count for your points in Category 5. In other words, if you take five SETs to complete Category 1, those five SETs do not count for your points in Category 5 (Item I). But every SET you take after five begins counting. Likewise, the first time you observe a faculty member to fulfill the requirement of Category 4, it will not also count as points in Category 5 (Item B). But every time thereafter (up to three) that you observe a faculty member you will receive points for Category 5. Similarly, if your department offers its own training session for Teachers of Record and you use this to complete Category 1, then you cannot receive points for it in Category 5. But this means that any SET you take will immediately count for points in Category 5, since you are not using them to fulfill Category 1.

17. For Category 5, do I need to fill out an Activity Tracking Form for each activity I complete or just one form for each section listing all the activities I completed in that section?
To receive points you need to fill out an Activity Tracking Form for each activity you complete, explaining what you learned and why it was beneficial to your growth as an educator. In other words, if you attend three SETs, you need to fill out three separate Activity Tracking Forms (one form for each SET, not one form for all three).

18. Do PROFF workshops count toward points for Category 5 (Item A)?
Only two PROFF workshops count for points in Category 5 (Item A): "Composing Your Statement of Teaching Philosophy" and "Primed for Success: Becoming a "Quick Starter" in Your First Academic Job." The Teaching Philosophy is part of your requirements for Category 3, so this could be a very beneficial session to attend. The "Primed for Success" workshop will help you balance your teaching load as a new professor. The other PROFF sessions are directed toward professional development and career goals, and therefore do not count for TeaCHE credit (which focuses on teaching in higher education).

19. How do I document attending a conference for points in Category 5 (Item D)?
If you attend multiple sessions of the conference (at least 2-3), you can earn 5 points total by keeping a record of what you attended and discussing what you learned at each session using the Activity Tracking Form. Please note, you do not earn points for each session you attend, but 5 points total for attending the "whole" conference (i.e., multiple sessions).

20. Is there a limit to the number of points I can earn through the same Item in Category 5? For example, could I earn all 50 of my points by attending SETs?
While there is nothing to prevent you from earning all your points from the same Item in Category 5, we would, of course, encourage you to build your points from a wide range of activities (SETs, readings, observations, etc.) because this will be most beneficial to you as a future professor. Please also note that some of the Items have limits imposed on them that would make earning all your points from a single Item impossible (Items B, E, H, J, and P). Others have no limits. The detailed description for each category indicates whether it has limits or not.

21. May I count activities that I completed before beginning TeaCHE toward points in Category 5?
The answer is yes, but with restrictions. All activities must have been completed while pursuing your current degree at Baylor. Activities done under a previous degree or at a previous institution cannot count. You must still fill out an Activity Tracking Form for each activity, and if you find yourself having trouble remembering what you did or what you learned, that may be a sign that you are stretching the limits of Category 5's intention. For instance, if you won a Teaching Award or presented in a conference on higher education as a Baylor graduate student the year before you signed up for TeaCHE, then you may count these activities toward your 50 points by writing up an Activity Tracking Form for each. But if you once attended a SET at the beginning of your graduate education at Baylor and remember next to nothing about it, we ask that you not count this toward your 50 points. We expect the bulk of your 50 points to come from activities you complete after signing up for TeaCHE, but we do not wish to keep you from being able to count significant activities that occurred before signing up.

22. Do you have any sample Activity Tracking Forms for Category 5 that I could look at?
Yes, we have three sample Activity Tracking Forms that we have adapted from real TeaCHE portfolios that have been turned in, to give you an idea of what a typical Activity Tracking Form looks like: Sample 1, Sample 2, Sample 3.