Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Yale Policies, Practices, and Teaching Culture

Courses, Enrollment, Grading, Policies and Procedures:

Handbook for Instructors of Undergraduates in Yale College

Yale College Programs of Study

Quick Facts:

- New courses are submitted to the Course of Study Committee, and all course assignments are made by May – although courses for spring can be approved and assigned as late as August or even September. Contact your DUS or Chair for questions regarding course assignments.

- Departments and the Registrar’s Office assign rooms, and assignments are visible the week before class on Yale Course Search.

- There are a few options to assure an early assignment: applying to teach in the CTL’s classroom spaces, applying to teach in the TEAL, or flexible teaching spaces in the Watson building. Application can be made online.

- The Room Assignment Change Request Form can be used to apply for a change of classroom following Course Selection (Course Selection Period). 

- Information about organizing your course utilizing Yale resources and policies can be found here.

University Organization, Faculty Rank, Policies on Research, Absence, and Compensation:

Yale Faculty Handbook

Posting Your Syllabus:

Handbook for Instructors of Undergraduates in Yale College, “Online Syllabi.”

Quick Facts:

- One week before Course Selection Period, the College Dean’s office sends out a reminder email to post your syllabus on Canvas / Yale Course Search, AND to publish your Canvas course. Without publishing your course, your students will not be able to see your syllabus, which can lead to low enrollments.

- Feel free to browse sample syllabus language for policies regarding disability, inclusivity, electronic policies, and academic honesty.

- Information and resources about crafting a syllabus can be found here.

Course Selection Period (Course Selection Period):

Handbook for Instructors of Undergraduates in Yale College, “Course Selection Period.”

Center for Teaching Learning, “Course Selection Period.”

Quick Facts:

- Occurs during first 10 days of fall and spring term. Students sample classes before registering, and may come and go during classtime.

- Include provisions for students who miss early classes to make up work, including posting scans of readings on Canvas site, and providing frequent remarks on the overall arc of learning you have designed (how content and activities connect to previous and later classes).

- Your DUS is a main point of contact for curriculum issues. Classes are often canceled below 4 or 5 student enrollments, with exceptions.

Yale Residential Colleges:


Quick Facts:

- Residential College Deans serve as academic officers for students, reviewing their course calendars and providing Dean’s Excuses when necessary.

- Dean’s Excuses support extentions of work in extreme circumstances, and can be read about on each residential college webpage (sample here).

Yale Center for Teaching and Learning:


Faculty Teaching Initiatives

Faculty Teaching Resources

Quick Facts:

- Faculty can request classroom observations or consultations about teaching.

- Faculty Teaching Academy is a three-year support program for instructors new to teaching at Yale.

- The CTL offers a variety of funding opportunities to enrich teaching and support innovative strategies.