All Ph.D candidates in the Field of Plant Breeding are required to gain teaching experience for one semester. A broad variety of activities can fulfill the teaching requirement, though most students choose to serve as Teaching Assistants (TA). Other teaching activities may include developing a new course, developing computer software for a course or other projects associated with teaching that meet the approval of the special committee chair and the DGS.
To formalize fulfillment of the requirement, Ph.D candidates must enroll for one semester in Plant Breeding 6500: Special Problems in Research and Teaching.
In some circumstances, students with extensive prior university-level teaching experience may be excused from the teaching requirement.