Peer Education Training

Peer Education at the College of Charleston is an experiential learning opportunity in which a student serves as a curricular or co-curricular educator for other students. Peer educators receive specific training and ongoing supervision and evaluation from faculty and/or staff. This experience combines two key goals: the holistic development of the peer educators and an enhanced learning experience for their peers.

TEDU: Exploring Leadership: Building Peer Facilitation Skills

In "Exploring Leadership: Building Peer Facilitation Skills," students develop peer education skills through reading, discussing, and collaborative learning about leadership, mentoring, and historical background of peer education. Additionally, the students learn about the factors that influence student development, such as personal values, gender, and culture.

TEDU 205 is a 2-credit, pass/fail course offered to faculty nominated students who will facilitate student experiences.

Course Prerequisites: Students enrolled in this course must have been nominated and selected to serve as peer educators for the current or upcoming academic year.

Learning Outcomes:

The student will:

  • Discuss the roles, responsibilities, and para-professional ethics of peer educators in higher education.
  • Describe higher educational issues of student persistence, student success, new student transitions, demographics, and challenges.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills for interacting with undergraduate students in a variety of peer educator settings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to serve as a connecting link to CofC campus resources and make effective referrals, when appropriate.

Workshops

The Center for Excellence in Peer Education hosts Peer Educator Workshops every academic year. They are open to all College of Charleston Peer Educators. The 2011 workshop featured Joe Urbanski from Collegiate Empowerment. 

Contact Page Keller, director, at kellerp@cofc.edu with questions.