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Approval to Teach 500- and 800-Level Courses

On recommendation of the head of the graduate program and with approval from the dean of the Graduate School, appropriately qualified individuals may be given special approval to teach specific graduate-level courses. The form below is used to grant approval for:

  1. individuals who are not members of the Graduate Faculty to teach 500- and/or 800-level courses; and
  2. non-tenure-line Category P Graduate Faculty members to teach 500-level courses.

For initial requests to teach a course, Approval to Teach will be granted for up to two semesters. After that, individuals can reapply for an extension of up to three years. The application for an extension must include satisfactory student evaluations (SRTEs) and peer evaluations. There is no limit on the number of three year extensions that may be granted.

Exceptions to the requirement for a doctoral degree to teach 500-level courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis for non-tenure-line P Category members of the Graduate Faculty or for individuals who are not members of the Graduate Faculty. Such individuals must have a terminal master’s degree that is accepted for tenure-line appointments in the field at Penn State (as documented by existing tenure line appointments of faculty members with the same terminal degree in the department making the request), and must be engaged in scholarship in a field relevant to the course for which permission is sought.

• Form: Recommendation form for approval to teach 500- or 800-level course (PDF)

• Related: Graduate Faculty Membership Policy

• Related: Graduate Faculty Membership FAQs

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