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Teaching Experience

A teaching experience is required of all M.S. students in the Department of Plant Science. This experience shall consist of one semester of assistance with one section of a course documented by at least one credit of AGRO 602. Equivalent teaching experience completed outside of the Department may be substituted for this requirement. Students may waive this requirement only by written concurrence of the Thesis Advisor, Graduate Program Director for Agronomy, and Department Head.

Additional Requirement for Departmental Assistantships

Students on departmental assistantships (as opposed to grant or privately funded assistantships) have a maximum teaching responsibility of two sections of an introductory-level course in one semester of each academic year.

English Test for Teaching

Graduate students whose native language is not English are required to take and pass the Penn State American English Oral Communicative Proficiency Test before they can teach at Penn State. The Program in English as a Second Language administers this test. Scores on the test determine any remedial action and when a student can assume teaching responsibilities. Additional information on this test is available at http://aplng.la.psu.edu/academicPrograms/ita_whatIsAEOCPT.php .