The Center for the Advancement of Teaching’s TA Training Program assists TAs at UCLA to improve their teaching and advance their professional development. If you are like the majority of UCLA graduate students, you will undertake the role of a Teaching Assistant at some point during your graduate career. Becoming a successful TA is a skill that requires practice, preparation, and the collection of feedback and suggestions for improvement. The TA Training Program website is designed to answer your questions and direct you to helpful resources.
Transition to Remote Teaching Due to COVID-19
The staff at CAT have worked quickly to pull together A TA’s Guide to Teaching Remotely at UCLA, a compilation of essential resources for TAs to aid in the transition to teaching online. As such, this is not a complete guide, but a living breathing document that will be updated regularly as new resources come online, and as new questions and needs arise. If you have suggestions for additions or specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Workshops for Teaching Remotely
Additional information about workshops on teaching remotely can be found on our Workshops page. These will be updated as new sessions are added. Please check back frequently.
TA Training Workshops Offered Quarterly
Each quarter, the TA Training Program offers introductory teaching workshops useful to both North and South Campus graduate students. All of our workshops are held in small-group settings, with hands-on activities and lots of time for questions and discussion. Whether you are a current TA or would like to TA in the future, please join us to learn new strategies and skills for the classroom. These workshops are offered throughout each quarter. Click to learn more.
Annual TA Conference
Each year the Center for the Advancement of Teaching’s TA Training Program organizes our annual TA Conference, designed to provide pedagogical training and resource information for both new and continuing TAs. This event is open to all graduate students, whether or not they will be TAing during the upcoming school year, in preparation for future teaching assignments.
Join us for this year’s conference on September 21 – October 2, 2020! For more details see the Annual TA Conference page.
Many UCLA departments require their TAs to complete a TA training seminar designed to prepare them for the TA role. Those seminars are organized, developed, and taught jointly by a faculty member and an experienced graduate student holding the title of a TA Consultant (TAC).
See the TAC Program page for more details.
Our online TA handbook is designed to make your job as a teaching assistant (TA) easier. Currently, the online handbook provides basic information about University policy as it relates to TAs and the teaching assistant position. Check out our links to relevant information from a variety of UCLA publications to help you find what you need.
COMING SOON: Teaching tips and tricks gleaned from the experiences of TAs across campus
The Collegium of University Teaching Fellows (CUTF) is an innovative program that creates unique learning opportunities for both graduate students and undergraduate students on campus. Through the program, some of UCLA’s very best advanced graduate students have the opportunity to develop and teach a lower division seminar in their field of specialization on a one-time only basis. This experience serves as a “capstone” to the teaching apprenticeship, preparing them for the academic job market and their role as future faculty. At the same time, undergraduates enrolled in CUTF seminars have the chance to take courses that are at the cutting edge of a discipline and to experience the benefits of participating in a small-seminar environment.
See the CUTF program page for information on how to apply and guidelines for preparing a seminar.
The Test of Oral Proficiency (TOP) is designed to examine the oral English ability of international students as they pertain to Teaching Assistant duties. These duties may include, but are not limited to, conducting discussion sections and/or labs, holding office hours, and interacting in English with undergraduate students in the course of normal TA duties. It is not designed to test teaching skills or knowledge of subject matter.
Please see the TOP program page to see more information on TOP requirements for international students, and exam details.
The following are teaching-related professional development opportunities for Graduate Students provided by our colleagues at UCLA:
Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy
The Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy addresses the need of UCLA graduate students for more specialized training in undergraduate teaching and professional development. The certificate provides opportunities for graduate students in all fields of study to enhance their teaching abilities, their theoretical knowledge of language and composition pedagogies, and their job market potential.
Please note: At this time, the certificate is open only to UCLA graduate students.
The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is a nation-wide online network of 40+ universities that seek to enhance excellence in undergraduate education through development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing evidence-based teaching practices for diverse learners. The goal of CIRTL is to improve the learning of all students at every college and university, and thereby to increase the diversity in fields and the literacy of the nation.
The CIRTL@UCLA program supports the professional and career development of graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and current faculty who are engaged in teaching now, or who are considering academic careers. The collaboration of CIRTL@UCLA and the national network inspires commitment to use effective teaching practices for diverse college students, and to provide current and future faculty the knowledge and tools to do so. The project was funded by the National Science Foundation to support future faculty in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), but has expanded to include graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from ALL disciplines.
For more information please refer to CIRTL@UCLA page.
EPIC Summer Scholarship in Teaching and Learning
EPIC’s program offers five graduate student summer positions (GSR at 50%) to conduct research and write about innovative pedagogical approaches that can enhance undergraduate learning within their disciplines. This is a particularly exciting opportunity for any graduate student who plans to teach, research and present on pedagogy or curriculum development, or serve in an administrative position for curricular advancement.
For more information please refer to the EPIC Program page.