The Graduate Teaching Scholarship Program for Masters Students

Learn while you teach

“When you take on the role of a teacher you strengthen your mastery of whatever content you’re teaching." Joel Barnes, Faculty


Graduate Teaching Scholarships provide graduate students with experiential learning opportunities working with faculty members and students in the undergraduate programs, either on the Prescott campus in Arizona or through our limited-residency distance format. For students considering a career as an educator, participating in the Graduate Teaching Scholarship (GTS) can prove to be an invaluable learning experience in which to gain some practical, on-the-job skills, develop leadership skills, and help to pay for their graduate education while serving as a resource for undergraduate faculty and students.

While the duties assigned will vary by program area, delivery model, and need, individuals awarded this scholarship will be responsible for the following:

  • Serving as a teaching assistant, co-instructor, or lead instructor in 1-2 resident undergraduate courses or 1-2 limited-residency undergraduate Moodle courses. Teaching placements must occur in two consecutive terms in the same delivery model.
  • Facilitating classroom, laboratory, field, or discussion sessions if applicable.
  • Reviewing and editing student papers and exams.
  • Holding regular office hours and meeting with students in study and review sessions, or conducting the same via online or phone discussions.
  • Assisting faculty members with instructional preparation, delivery, and assessment.
  • Other duties pertaining to the instructional mission of Prescott College.

During their first term a student is awarded the GTS, they will complete training on Experiential Education Pedagogy; they also attend Teaching Practicum Seminars throughout the academic year. Students can be enrolled part-time or full-time in their graduate studies, the expectations and scholarship remain the same.

Graduate Teaching Scholarship Expectations

The expectations for the Graduate Teaching Scholarship (GTS) are consistent between the two delivery models - resident (on-campus), or limited residency. Below are the general GTS expectations, followed by specifics for each delivery model.

General GTS Expectations for Prospective Applicants

  • Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal communications potential.
  • Commitment to experiential learning for social justice and environmental sustainability.
  • Evidence of character, ethics and high professional standards including, among others, respect for honest and responsible exchange of ideas, fair and equal treatment of all learners, respect for individual differences, and ability to avoid interactions that might jeopardize the fair assessment of student efforts.
  • Enrollment for two consecutive terms in the limited-residency master’s programs
  • For continuing students, satisfactory progress in their current graduate program.

 Expectations Specific to Resident Undergraduate Delivery Model

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree relevant to Environmental Studies, Adventure Education, Education, Counseling/Psychology, Cultural & Regional Studies, or Social Justice/Human Rights, plus relevant certification(s) for Adventure Education such as WFR.
  • Demonstrated quality of academic work and practical/field experience as appropriate given the curricular requirements in Environmental Studies, Adventure Education, Education, Human Development & Psychology, Cultural & Regional Studies, or Social Justice and Human Rights.
  • GTS opportunities for the 2017-2018 Resident Undergraduate curriculum require students to live and work in Prescott, Arizona with a start date of August 29, 2017. Students meet on a daily basis during through approximately September 21st. Students also meet on a weekly basis during the fall and spring terms.

Expectations Specific to Limited-Residency Undergraduate Delivery Model

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree relevant to Education, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Human Development, Arts and Cultural Studies, or Social Justice and Human Rights.
  • Demonstrated interest in experiential education pedagogy’s applicability to teaching and learning in limited-residency / virtual-classroom delivery models.
  • Acumen for and willingness to learn technical skills necessary for success as an instructor in a limited-residency / virtual-classroom, experiential-learning environment.
  • Ability to join the GTS cohort for a virtual Orientation over several days prior to Orientation and Colloquia for the Master’s programs.

Application Process

Fall 2017 applicants to the Graduate Teaching Scholarship must complete the standard application requirements for the limited-residency master’s program AND submit a GTS Letter of Application to the Prescott College admissions office no later than February 15, 2017. The GTS Letter of Application must be submitted via email directly to Continuing students only need to submit the GTS Letter of Application directly to the Admissions Office.

The Letter of Application should address the GTS position description (see above), the general and specific eligibility requirements listed above, and clearly state whether the student is applying to just one GTS delivery type OR to both; if both, clearly state a preference; if just one, clearly state which one. The student must identify specific courses in the undergraduate fall term course offerings she/he feels qualified to help teach. Use the links above to review Undergraduate courses offered in the Fall 2016 semester. They will be representative of what is offered in the Fall 2017 semester:

The Letter of Application must demonstrate graduate-level writing and must advocate effectively for the applicant’s academic background and skill set to each course identified. Applicants interested in assisting with courses delivered via the limited-residency undergraduate program must describe their experience with distance learning, online / virtual formats (Blackboard or Moodle, for example), and effectively describe skill sets that would enhance this method of course delivery per experiential education pedagogy.

Selection Process

Upon admission to the master’s program, the GTS application will be sent to the GTS Committee for review. If the GTS applicant is deemed admissible to the GTS Program and the GTS Director is able to find a course and faculty match, then he or she will be awarded acceptance into the GTS Program. Decisions will be available by April 1st.

Please note that the student can only be admitted into one course-delivery model for their two-semester commitment.