Grad 701


The Graduate School and SACS Accreditation standards require that all graduate students who will be newly appointed Teaching or Instructional Assistants (GTAs/IAs) during the 2014-2015 academic year must participate in a two-part training program that includes: (1) TA/IA Orientation, and (2) GRAD 701, a semester-long course on teaching assistant development.

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  • For questions concerning TA Orientation or GRAD 701, contact:

  • Dr. Michelle L. Hardee, Program Manager, or 803-777-1975
  • For questions concerning International students and English testing requirements, contact:

  • English Programs for Internationals (EPI) or
    803-777-3867 or for more detailed information, visit ITA Workshop and Assessment

  • International Student Services (ISS) or
  • Teaching Assistant Development Course

  • Two options are offered for fulfilling the requirement of participating in a Teaching Assistant Development course:

  • Student must register for either GRAD 701 or an equivalent course offered by their academic unit that has been approved by the Graduate School. See below for information on the approved departmental-specific exceptions to GRAD 701.

1. GRAD 701 - Teaching Assistant Development

General Course Information:

  • Zero-credit (no tuition), Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory Grading (Pass = >80%)
  • Graduate TA/IAs are required to participate in a minimum of four professional development activities, chosen by the student depending on the student’s scheduling needs, interests, and specific type of instruction (instructor, laboratory assistant, recitation or discussion leader, grader, or student-designed track).
    • A wide variety of opportunites are provided to fulfill this requirement: GRAD 701 sessions specifically tailored to a variety of GTA/IA responsibilities, Center for Teaching Excellence workshops, UTS events, and other academic unit instructional workshops.
  • To receive a passing grade, students submit a reflection assignment for each of the four activities in which the student participated; reflecting on the activity, content discussed, and its application to their instructional responsibilities.
  • Course administration and submission of reflection assignments occurs via Blackboard.

2. Approved Departmental GRAD 701-Equivalent Courses:

  • The Graduate School has approved the following departmental courses as GRAD 701-equivalent: EDCE 830, EDHE 738, ENGL 691, FORL 776, HRTM 798, JOUR 805, PHIL 790, SLIS 804, SPTE 810.
  • Special sections of GRAD 701 have been designated for units with specialized TA Training programs approved as equivalent to GRAD 701 requirements but who do not wish to develop a new course: School of Business MACC GIAs (Section 003), English Department Writing Center GIA Tutors (Section 004), CHEM 701 GIAs (Section 005), English Discussion Leaders (Section 006).
  • Please contact the respective department's Graduate Coordinator for more information on these GRAD 701 - equivalent courses.

Orientation Workshops

Graduate Teaching and Instructional Assistants must participate in both TA/IA Orientation Workshops A & B prior to assuming their instructional responsibilities. TA/IA Orientation workshops are separate from Grad 701. Click Here to visit the TA Orientation page for more information.