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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

You will be signed up for UNIV 400A when you attend your Orientation Seminar. Once that is complete, you will receive emails about upcoming seminars from UNIV400@case.edu. This course is essentially just that: a series of five seminars. Three 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 may be placed in a UNIV 402 class before or concurrently with UNIV 400. You will sign up for your SET test during graduate student orientation.

Summary of Required Seminars:

  1. TA Orientation
  2. Global Classroom, Part 1
  3. Global Classroom, Part 2
  4. Observation and Follow-up Meeting to Discuss the Observation
  5. Two Electives

Prepare for a future teaching career with University 400C Future Faculty Preparation Seminar

Graduate students and postdoc scholars/fellows considering a career in teaching can sign up for the University 400C Future Faculty Preparation Seminar as a first step in their process. UNIV 400 C is a non-credit seminar.

Taught by two experienced teachers and a seasoned graduate teaching assistant, this seminar offers participants the chance to learn effective teaching strategies useful across major disciplines.

Through small group discussions, journal assignments, and micro-teaching sessions, participants will have opportunities to learn and try out successful teaching strategies. In addition, the final two weeks will guide students through online teaching techniques. These final weeks will be asynchronous, online sessions.

This 12-session seminar will take place on Tuesdays from September 12 through December 5. Two sections are available: 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. or 1 to 2:15 p.m.. A free textbook is provided.

Enrollment is limited to 17 students per section.

Participants will be expected to read assignments, complete a weekly journal, plan and teach a mini lesson, and participate fully in all discussions and online sessions.

Graduate students will be enrolled via Student Information System. Postdoc scholars/fellows, please

Questions should be directed to Judy Hammer, director of Educational Services for Students (ESS) and Elise Geither, associate director of ESS at 216.368.5230 or univ400c@case.edu.

Completing The Course

You have one semester to complete UNIV 400 A or B and all of the requirements. If you fail to do so, you will receive a 'NP" and will be required to retake the course in its entirety the following 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.