Carnegie Mellon University
Teach a Course

Teach a Course

If you know something unique, have a special interest, or have some special skill or talent and would like to share it with your peers in an educational setting, then teach a StuCo course! Current StuCo Instructor information is available here.

The application to teach a StuCo course in Spring 2023 has closed. Check this website early next semester for the Fall 2023 application!

In the meantime, you can look at a sample course application. Only 1 application per course is needed.

Items required for application (prepare these before filling out the form):

  • Course description and profile, similar to that on SIO
  • Week-by-week syllabus indicating each week’s teaching content (see template)
  • Tentative class time and duration
  • Estimated class size and special venue requirements
  • Any additional information e.g. instructor experience/qualifications, faculty support, funding

Important items you should note:

  • StuCo instructors receive three (3) Free Elective Units for teaching each StuCo course via the StuCo Practicum course number (98-000). 98-XXX units do not count against your unit cap.
  • StuCo instructors are required to give mid-semester and final grades for all students in their course by the deadlines set out by the StuCo course administrator. Credit for 98-000 is contingent on successfully fulfilling this requirement.
    • StuCo teachers are required to give final grades for undergraduate students of "P" = "Pass" or "N" = "No Credit"
    • StuCo teachers are required to give final grades for graduate students of "S" = "Satisfactory" or "N" = "No Credit"
  • All StuCos will be periodically audited by members of the Executive Committee. These will be opportunities for two-way feedback between instructors and the StuCo Board.
  • Students who receive a Pass/Satisfactory final grade receive three (3) Free Elective Units
  • CMU students may use no more than nine (9) Free Elective Units from StuCo courses towards degree requirements, per University policy

If you would like to propose your own StuCo course, or have any questions related to the StuCo application process, please contact the StuCo Executive Committee. For current StuCo instructor questions related to course administration and waitlists please contact Judy Hallinen in Cyert A64B or call 412-268-1498.

The following two forms will only be used if your course is approved by StuCo:

StuCos are allocated up to $30 of course funding, subject to approval by the StuCo Executive Committee. For reimbursement procedures, please contact the current treasurer, Samuel Chen. If you need to request more funding, please get in touch.

The midsemester Instructor Evaluation form will be used by your students to evaluate your teaching progress. Additionally, the Final Course Evaluation form will be used as a final assessment of your teaching.

The Course Proceedings form [.pdf] will be used by the StuCo Committee to serve as an official observance of the proceedings of your course.