Sacramento State’s Learning Assistant (LA) program is based on University of Colorado-Boulder’s internationally renowned program. Our goal is to turn STEM students on to the excitement of teaching, which will increase the desperately short supply of highly qualified K-12 science teachers. The learning assistant role is to facilitate discussion, helping to transform the instructor-centered environment typical of large-enrollment classes into a more interactive, collaborative, and engaging one. LAs receive training directly from the class instructor, and also participate in a weekly pedagogy course.

Watch an LA Class in Action

 

You can check out this presentation to learn a little more about our program. If you have questions please contact one of the professors.

In Fall 2017 the program will include physics (PHYS 11A, PHYS 11C, and BIO 2) courses. Students interested in working in high school classrooms are also welcome to apply and may earn upper division units.

Fall 2017 LA Supported Classes
Course Meeting place Meeting times Faculty
PHYS 11A MND 1015 MWF 2:00PM-2:50PM Margoniner, Vera
PHYS 11C MND 1015 TR, 12:00PM-1:15PM Block, Matthew
PHYS 11C MND 1015 MWF, 3:00PM-3:50PM Moss, Joshua
BIO 2 ARC 1010 MW 4-5:15 PM Gleason
BIO 2 SQU 208 M 1-3:50 PM Ahrens
BIO 2 SQU 208 W 9-11:50 AM Lunetta-Doerflein
BIO 2 SQU 208 R 3-5:50 PM Anderton
BIO 2 SQU 338 TR 9-10:15 AM Peavy
BIO 2 SQU 208 T 10:30 AM-01:20 PM Anderton
BIO 2 SQU 208 W 1-3:50 PM Ahrens
BIO 2 SQU 208 R 10:30 AM-01:20 PM Reis

The mandatory pedagogy course will meet on Fridays from 1pm to 1:50pm. Your instructor will also schedule a separate 1 hour meeting to discuss issues specific to the class you are working on.