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Graduate TA Training

Welcome to the Graduate TA Training webpage. This course has been set up by the university to help prepare you for your TA duties.

Course Outline
CHOICE 1 - UNIV 400A/B

You will be signed up for UNIV 400A/B when you attend your Orientation Seminar. Once that is complete, you will receive emails about upcoming seminars. This course is essentially just that: a series of six seminars. Four of these are required (Core Seminars) and all are offered multiple times throughout the semester. You are also required to choose two Elective Seminars that best fits your teaching and professional needs. We offer between 10 and 15 elective seminars each semester to choose from.

For the five seminars during the semesters, be sure to register for the seminar on MyTATraining and bring your Case ID to the seminar.

International Students will have one more thing to complete: the Spoken English Test. This will make sure you can communicate clearly in English with your students. Based on your results in the Spoken English Test, you will be placed in a UNIV 402 and perhaps a UNIV 400 class.

CHOICE 2 - UNIV 400C

Training for graduate TAs who are planning to become professors: You will meet with Judith Olson-Hammer and invited guests for a discussion each week for 10 consecutive weeks and then 2 weeks of asynchronous online classes for a total of 12 weeks.

The text for these sessions is How Learning Words: 7 Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, and Marie K. Norman.

Students selecting this option for TA training will not use the website to register, but instead will sign in at the sessions. Students must attend all sessions on time and stay the entire 75 minutes to receive credit. Since the sessions are over the lunch hour, students are invited to bring a bag lunch and beverage. Students will sign up for this session at Orientation. Enrollment is limited to 30 students per semester. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Completing The Course

You have two semesters to complete UNIV 400 and all of its requirements. If you fail to do so, you will be given an incomplete (Rather than getting a passing or failing grade). Do not re-register for the course. This incomplete will be removed once you have completed the requirements in the second semester.

Becoming a Mentor TA

We're looking for dedicated graduate students who are interested in facilitating training seminars and helping to keep the graduate TA training program running smoothly and effectively. Click here, for more information.