The Center for Teaching Excellence offers several resources for Teaching Assistants (TAs) to help them succeed in their teaching. These resources include guides, workshops, certificate programs, and mentoring opportunities.
Your work as a TA in the classroom is a critical element for student success. The Great Teaching Certificate: TA Edition is a time-efficient way to learn good teaching practices to support your students! Earn your certificate by completing a 1000 mile journey:
- Core Activities | 600 miles total
These activities are required to earn your certificate
- Orientation | 200 miles
- Part I & Part II
- TA Principles & Strategies (TAPS) | 400 miles
- What is a Great Teaching Assistant?
- Anatomy of a Great Course
- Good Teaching Practices
- Assessment & Grading
- Managing Your Time
- Elective Activities | 400 miles total
Choose any activities listed below to complete your remaining miles.
To begin, register for The Great Teaching Certificate: TA Edition by creating an account in the Passport Portal and then signing in and registering. Once you’ve registered, separate registration is required to participate in the core activities and elective activities.
Preparing Future Faculty is a mentoring program for doctoral, postdoc, and terminal masters students. Attendees will learn about faculty roles, tenure and promotion, interviews and hiring, effective teaching and learning practices, and more!
The role of TA is likely to be a part of the educational experience of many graduate students during some part of their professional training. The teaching assistant’s role as an instructor is a somewhat unusual one because few TAs receive any formal training in the skills of teaching. The TA Handbook helps TAs to navigate their responsibilities, and also learn about teaching resources available to them.