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, Erika Beckstrand at erika.beckstrand@usu.edu.

This class is online and is offered every semester.

International students must also take the International Teaching Assistants Workshop, which is face-to-face and only offered at the beginning of fall semester.

All Teaching Assistants and Graduate Instructors

The teaching assistant workshop is required for all 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.

International Students

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

The workshop is a 0-credit face-to-face course, and does not show up in Banner. Registration for the course is required but is not yet open for the 2019-20 academic year. Registration will open around June 15, 2019, and your department’s Graduate Program Coordinator will have information about it at that time.

The course addresses understanding American undergraduates, classroom practices and environment, microteaching practicum, classroom language, cross-cultural awareness, and classroom management. The workshop culminates in a videotaped presentation of the student that is evaluated based on overall comprehensibility and effectiveness in a teaching role. For more information about workshop requirements contact Elena Shvidko at elena.shvidko@usu.edu.

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.

This workshop is only offered at the beginning of Fall semester. Students can choose from one of two sessions:

Session 1

August 15, 16, 19, 20  9 am- 12 pm–Old Main 201

August 15, 16, 19, 20 1 pm- 4 pm–Old Main 203, 207, 301

August 21, 9 am-1 pm–Old Main 343

Session 2

August 26 – September 23th,  12.30- 2.30 pm (MW)–Old Main 343

If you have questions, please contact your Graduate Program Coordinator.