Students from our program enter the job market with classroom experience from teaching courses in their areas of interest. When students are not working with faculty mentors on Research Assistantships, they are developing and teaching their own undergraduate courses. This enhances their attractiveness to prospective employers and smoothes the transition as they become new faculty members.
Florida State University has an outstanding program to mentor and certify graduate student teachers (see the Program for Instructional Excellence). In addition, each graduate student takes a summer course on undergraduate teaching within our department before stepping into the classroom. Students apply the lessons learned during the summer course in developing and teaching their own independent courses to FSU undergraduates, typically starting in the third year of our graduate program. Advanced graduate students often teach courses beyond the introductory level on topics pertaining to their own interest and their specific expertise.