Brown Pre-College: Teaching Opportunities &
Course Proposal Workshop

Information Session Recording


What is Brown Pre-College?

Brown University Pre-College Programs provide students intellectually and socially formative and challenging experiences in and out of the classroom with a diverse group of peers, instructors and staff. Courses provide an academically rigorous environment aligned with Brown’s commitment to independent thinking, critical engagement, and personal and community responsibility. Students leave their pre-college programs intellectually stimulated having been exposed to a great diversity of perspectives and experiences and with an appreciation of how much more there is to learn.

Summer 2022 Programs

Brown Pre-College Programs attract roughly 6,000 exceptionally engaged and motivated high school students. More than 300 courses are offered, ranging in length from one to six weeks. A more detailed program snapshot can be found here

We anticipate offering all of our programs to Pre-College students, including Summer@Brown (includes courses with Summer@Brown English Language Learners and Summer @Brown Course-Based Research Experiences), the Leadership Institute, STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Graders, Brown Environmental Leadership Lab (BELL) and a range of Location-Based Learning Programs across the globe. 

Why Teach with Us?

Teaching with Brown Pre-College Programs provides invaluable professional development opportunities, whether one is just beginning a career or is a well-established educator.

Teaching in our programs provides instructors’ opportunities to:

  • Design one’s own course
  • Experiment with new curricular or pedagogical methods
  • Practice the craft of teaching in a highly supportive environment
  • Enhance one’s professional development through workshops focused on best practices and effective teaching strategies

Pre-College instructors experience the energizing joy of teaching bright and engaged high school students who are embracing the challenges of college-level learning. The students’ journey mirrors what they can expect to experience as they apply to and attend college.

To be considered, students partake in a thoughtful application process that culminated with selecting courses of study from a broad variety of disciplines found in the liberal arts. They engage with fellow students, instructors, and staff who hail from varied  backgrounds and lived experiences. Students gain new knowledge, skills, friend and a broader understanding of their world. They leave the programs inspired to take the next steps on their academic career.


All Brown faculty, graduate students, post-docs, staff with appropriate credentials and teaching experience, and Tougaloo College faculty are eligible to propose a course. Non-Brown affiliated educators may likewise propose to teach with us, though preference is given to those currently affiliated with the University.

Propose a Course

Prior to proposing a new course:

  • Familiarize yourself with the programs we offer. Program goals as well as the intended student audience differs between programs, and proposals should be aligned accordingly. 
  • Review the 2021 course catalog to view prior course offerings in your academic area as well as identify gaps in our curriculum. 

Consider your own interests, experience and availability.  Courses across our programs can be taught in two formats: online and in person and the hours of direct student interaction and engagement differ between programs.    

After you submit, you may hear back from a Pre-College Program Director with questions or suggestions, including feedback about your course materials, questions about course learning outcomes, or suggestions on format for your course (i.e., length, online vs. in-person, etc.). Regardless of edits needed to your proposal, you should expect to hear back from a program director regarding your proposal no later than October 31, 2021.

Summer 2022 Course Proposal Dates and Deadlines

Proposal Review Timeline
New Course Proposal Opens September 1, 2021
New Course Proposal Deadline October 1, 2021
Proposal Status Updates October 31 – November 30, 2021

Course Proposal Guidelines and Template

Course Name
(80 characters max, including spaces)
Note that students select courses in large part based on the title.
Make yours catchy and understandable for a lay audience!
(500 characters max, including spaces)
A brief and engaging description of the course content, typically as short as 1-3 sentences. This is what will appear in the catalog to entice students to click further and read the full course description. (This text will not show in your full course description.)
Course Description
(500 words max)
  • Course Introduction (Overarching Theme and Main Objective)
  • Course Focus
    • What material will be covered (i.e., theories, principles, concepts, topics)?
    • How will students engage with the material throughout the course?
    • Are there elements that make this course unique?
  • Learning Outcomes: In a bulleted list form, outline 3-5 areas of knowledge, skills, and/or expertise the students will gain through completing this course successfully.
  • Conclusion: How does the course provide a foundation for further study?
Course prerequisite(s)
Being clear on the academic background you expect your students to have crucial to the success of your course. Indicate as clearly as you can your expectations of any prior knowledge, level of content proficiency, or maturity level your course will require. (e.g., High school biology, second year algebra, AP or honors level English, etc., and/or the high school grade level and/or age of students who enroll in this course).
Proposed length of course What length do you envision for this course?
Keywords Identify 3-5 keywords that could be used by a student to effectively search and find your particular course within a catalog of over 300 courses. What terms are important to help articulate the main content of your course? If at all possible, choose terms that are overarching and likely not included in the above course description. This will provide students with an additional way to navigate the course selection process.

Pre-College Non-Credit Courses for High School Students


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