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Tutor Training Program

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The LRC tutor training program is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). The CRLA is a professional organization that conducts and supports research on the effective practices of college and university learning assistance programs. The LRC tutor training program holds “Regular/Level 1,” “Advanced/Level 2,” and “Master/Level 3” certifications. The CRLA certifications identify the LRC program as one that has adopted standards associated with effective tutoring programs. The LRC program is among the 650 programs to be certified nationwide.

The LRC tutor training program is offered as two half-semester courses, EDUC 313/314, for academic credit in coordination with the Department of Education for any tutor that is not a Writing Center Tutor.

This course is an overview to and application of the theory-based techniques and methods of tutoring. Students will learn the roles of the tutor and the tutee and how the interaction of these roles promotes effective tutoring and learning. Areas of emphasis include collaborative/interactive learning, communication skills for tutoring, successful tutoring sessions, varied learners and tutoring situations, and content/skill-specific tutoring. Active learning and participation are essential to course mastery. Students will model, practice, evaluate, and develop tutoring techniques individually and in groups, and apply the learned principles and strategies in the LRC/SSS tutoring programs. The curriculum will enable student-tutors to develop confident, flexible tutoring styles that empower tutees to become confident, self-reliant learners. The course will also emphasize the positive impact that tutoring has on the tutor’s learning and personal development.

English 321 is the required Level 1 training while English 323 is the optional Level 2 training for Writing Center tutors.  English 321 is a four-credit course and completion is required before being officially hired as a Writing Center tutor.  The course includes a 25-hour internship in the Writing Center.

In addition to the information above, the following policy and practices underscore the importance of Tutor Training

All new tutors are required to complete Level 1 training by the end of the semester hired either by completing EDUC 313 or Level 1 Alternate Program. Both are offered fall and spring semesters. Please contact Cassie Bichy for more information

Tutors hired in the latter part of a semester should follow the training guidelines set by their academic area coordinator.

The Level 2 and 3 programs are optional but highly recommended.
Tutor salaries are based on a graduated pay scale according to the degree of training and experience, i.e,

  • First-time tutor with no experience or training, $9.25 per hour
  • Level 1 training and one semester of tutoring, $9.75 per hour
  • Level 2 training and two semesters of tutoring, $10.25 per hour
  • Level 3 training and three semesters of tutoring, $12.00 per hour


Pay increases are applied at the beginning of the semester after the training and tutoring requirements have been completed.

Any exceptions to the training requirements must be approved by an academic area coordinator.