Student-Led Education

Contact Email
Rajiv Narayan
ASUCD Liaison
Bree Rombi
April 2011
Office Location
Lower Freeborn TBA

The purpose of Student-Led Education (SLED) is to guide undergraduates through the process of teaching their own university courses. It's already possible to teach courses on this campus -a handful of students have been through the process already. But unless you're unusually savvy, it's difficult to make it through the entire process on you're own. We exist to mentor students who have an idea of something they would like to teach from concept to classroom.

We serve students interested in facilitating their own course, and faculty who are interested in finding student instructors to support and mentor.

Over a given quarter, SLED performs three functions:




From Concept to Course

Start by downloading the packet here: Course_Proposal_Packet.pdf
This is a tentative packet because it's taken from UC Berkeley's version of the program:[WWW]
(But we'll only be changing the resources listed, so it's still worth filling out.)

If you want to teach a course Fall 2011, here are the steps you need to follow:


  1. Come up with an idea, see [WWW]DECal for examples. Fill out the brief course interest form [WWW]here.

  2. Find friends who you would want to teach with (or go lone-wolf) and professors who could sponsor you

  3. Approach all of these individuals (especially the professor) and begin working on a syllabus.


  1. Your professor and department chair must both approve the syllabus as either a 98 or 198 course.

  2. Complete the packet and turn it in to us.

Tips, Tricks, & Sage Advice

Types of Courses (This is not an exhaustive list, but a springboard for ideas)

Finding a sponsoring professor (in order of importance)

  1. Reach out to a professor that knows and likes you

  2. Find a professor that has been here longer (Lecturer<Assitant Prof<Associate Prof<Distinguished Prof) because he or she will be more experienced, and has a stronger chance of getting your proposal by the Department Chair. Bonus points if your professor IS the Department Chair.

  3. Find a professor with experience in your area of interest



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