Departmental TA Training Seminars
The format of the TA training seminar varies by department, and is specifically tailored to fit the discipline. In most departments, this seminar carries the course number 495 and is a requirement for all new TAs at UCLA. TAs enrolled in these seminars will often practice teaching in microteaching sessions, discuss pedagogical strategies, hear advice from experienced TAs, and learn about departmental procedures and guidelines. In addition to teaching techniques that are discipline-specific, new TAs are introduced to general principles of good teaching.
Currently, more than 40 UCLA departments offer a TAC position supported by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT). The TAC is nominated by their department and hired by CAT. The CAT TA Training Program is not directly involved with the selection of the TACs, even though most TAC positions are funded through CAT. Individual departments are responsible for recruiting and selecting TAC candidates within their own departments.
The TAC Role
The TAC’s primary job is to help graduate students in the department learn how to be better teachers, and how to deal with the responsibilities and conflicts that may arise for the TA.