Teaching Assistant Training

Teaching assistant training helps students who will be teaching prepare for their position as TA. This training is required for graduate students who have been awarded or are pursuing a teaching assistantship.

USU 7920 is mandatory for all teaching assistants. Students must be registered before their funding will be processed. If you have any questions, contact the instructor, Erin Brewer at erin.brewer@usu.edu.

This class is online and is offered every semester.

International students must also take the International Teaching Assistants Workshop. For more information contact Ekaterina Arshavskaya at Ekaterina.a@usu.edu.

English Speaking Students

The teaching assistant workshop is required for graduate students who have been awarded or are pursuing a teaching assistantship.

The course is a 0-credit, online class that is graded pass/fail. No incompletes are allowed for this course.

The training will address Utah State University policies and procedures and provide students with information about campus resources.

There is also a required 1-hour face-to-face workshop that addresses  sexual harassment prevention.

Passing the course does not guarantee a TA position. Departments are responsible for granting teaching assistantships and making sure these students are registered for this course.  The workshop only needs to be completed once. Students may continue to work as TAs during future semesters once they have passed the class.

There is no fee for this training.

Non-native Students

The workshop is a 0-credit course. Registration for the course is required and is handled by your graduate program coordinator. The course addresses understanding American undergraduates, classroom practices and environment, microteaching practicum, classroom language, cross-cultural awareness, and classroom management.

In addition to USU 7920, international students who are awarded teaching assistantships are required to take IELI 7920.

All applicants must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in spoken English. This will be measured by the SPEAK Test or the Test of Spoken English (TSE). Students must score at least a 200 on the first version of either of these tests. On the SPEAK II or TSE II, with a different scoring scale, the cut-off is 45. If you score below the cut-off, you should work with your department regarding alternative assistantships that do not involve teaching.

The workshop culminates in a videotaped presentation of the student that is evaluated based on overall comprehensibility and effectiveness in a teaching role. Passing the course does not guarantee a TA position. Departments are responsible for granting teaching assistantships and making sure students are registered for this course.

Students can choose from one of two sessions:

Session 1

August 15-24,  9 am- 3 pm  (MTWTF)

HPER 110, 112, 114

Session 2

August 29 – October 3,  5.30- 7.30 pm (MW)

Old Main 304 & 326

Students do not need to pre-register for this workshop.  If you have questions, please contact Ekaterina Arshavskaya at Ekaterina.a@usu.edu