Initial instructor training provides the framework for an instructor to gain the knowledge and skills needed to become increasingly independent in performing the duties of the instructor position. This training includes the completion of a Service-approved Instructor Training Course (ITC). All faculty members must complete ITC prior to teaching. Faculty are required to attend the METC Orientation course at the METC branch campus. Then, faculty are required to participate in the Instructor Competency Development Training (ICDT) program at the METC branch campus.
The CAHS has developed additional instruction as part of the Education & Training Administration & Leadership (ETAL) course of study. Students are awarded college credit for the ICDT program upon completion of additional didactic instruction in the ETAL 1101 - Instructional Methodology course. This is the first in a series of three courses. The CAHS’ ETAL 2702 - Basic Practicum and ETAL 3703 - Advanced Practicum are a part of the degree plan that provides inexperienced faculty with teaching internship experiences. The fifteen credit hours earned during this portion of their training constitute completion of their required residency hours in the Associate of Science degree plan.
The teaching internship is designed to develop practical teaching experience and classroom management skills of new instructors under the supervision of qualified faculty. The internship consists of a minimum of 210 hours experiential work. The new instructor must acquire the 130 hours of supervised teaching in an actual classroom and/or laboratory setting with students. During this time, the student instructor will use his/her personalized, approved lesson plans and visual aids to successfully demonstrate skill mastery. The instructor also must acquire 40 hours of lesson plan personalization and/or preparation. This area includes, but is not limited to, familiarization with course control documents, subject-matter research, and instruction planning. Also, the instructor must acquire 40 hours of experience in test administration and review, preparing/using audiovisual aids, academic counseling of students, conducting/observing counseling, documented instructor performance feedback, and initial subject matter testing.
Professional development continues at least annually. Additionally, faculty are required to attend Service-specific training (e.g. Support Cadre Training Course, training needs assessment, etc.).
The Faculty, Staff and Student Development (FSSD) Section offers an orientation and the ICDT course at the METC branch campus at least once a month. The department also schedules and provides professional development courses for faculty and staff at the METC branch campus at least monthly. These offerings are advertised electronically and in hardcopy throughout the METC. The Chief of the Faculty Credentialing Department at the METC branch campus oversees the documentation and monitoring of faculty qualification and development using STARS-FD. Program Directors execute the faculty qualification and development processes within their respective programs.
The purpose of orientation is to familiarize all personnel with leadership, facilities, policies, procedures, and a Tri-service culture. Orientation must be accomplished within sixty calendar days of in-processing. The ICDT program is a five-day training session designed to enhance instructor competencies attained at the respective Service schools. Completion of the ICDT is required of faculty at the METC branch campus and must be accomplished within six months of in-processing.