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Learning Assistants Program

  • Learning Assistants Program

    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. 

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  • History

    The LA program ran at Sacramento State for the first time in Fall 2011. Five LAs worked with about 80 students enrolled in an Introduction to Astrobiology (ASTR 4C) class. Students and LAs worked collaboratively on projects that were presented during our end of semester celebration. 

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  • Become a Learning Assistant

    Applications for Fall 2017 are due May 5. Please apply through the Hornet Career Connection. If you fill out an application and your plans change please email Prof. Margoniner as soon as possible so another student can be hired. 

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Watch an LA Class in Action


e-mail Prof. Margoniner at

e-mail Prof. McDonald at

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