Thinking about becoming a U3A Course Leader?
You don't need to have professional qualifications or previous experience in teaching to be a course leader in U3A. If you have a passion for anything, chances are that among our 5,000+ members there are others who would like to hear about it. You should however have a sufficient degree of knowledge or experience in the subject matter to be able to engage and maintain members' interest for the duration of your course. A course or activity can be any length, from just a few sessions over several weeks to a full year. Some are held monthly rather than weekly. The length and timing can fit in with your other activities and venue availability. Generally speaking, you will need to be a U3A member to run a course.
Ideas for courses and activities
A scan of the courses that U3A offers demonstrates the diversity of U3A courses currently offered. There are many other possible courses, or you may like to replicate an existing course (such as a current affairs or language course conversation course, or a book club), which you could do with another course member, where there is a waiting list of interested members.
If you would like to be a Course Leader but are not sure about a topic, resources and useful information can be found on these sites:
- Resource Library established by the NSW U3A Network. A catalogue of courses is provided on the library's website, together with instructions on how to obtain material.
- U3A Online Inc.
Help for prospective Course Leaders
If you are interested in becoming a course leader, you can get advice and assistance from the Course Leader Assistance Team at .
If you are a member of U3A, you can log in to the Members' area of the website where you will find the tab "Course Leaders". On this page you will find:
- the Guide for Course Leaders,
- course proposal forms, and
- resources and forms you will need in running a course.