Graduate Teaching Assistant and Instructional Assistant Training, Fall 2014
All graduate students who will be newly appointed Graduate Teaching or Instructional Assistants (GTAs / IAs) are required to participate in TA Training, which consists of two parts: (1) TA/IA Orientation, and (2) GRAD 701, a semester-long course on teaching assistant development. These are described below.
Part 1: TA/IA Orientation
- Attend the two 3-hour training workshops, A and B, introducing graduate students to teaching at USC.
- Students can attend workshops on any day and in any order, but must attend both Workshop A and Workshop B.
TA Orientation Workshop A
"Policies, Places, and People"
- FERPA (Educational rights and privacy policies)
- University policies
- Discrimination and sexual harassment
- Dealing with low-to-high risk behavior (CHDC, BIT, USC Police)
- University resources
TA Orientation Workshop B
"Teaching Tips and Tools"
- Teaching preparation and first day tips
- Workload management
- Establishing the teacher-student relationship
- Engaging students
- Grading objectively
- Classroom challenges
- Veteran TA panel
Students must make every effort to attend the workshops at the offered
times. Students who miss Orientation must contact the CTE at 777-1975.
Part 2: GRAD 701
Teaching Assistant Development Course
- Formalized professional training course required during or before the first semester of teaching.
- Students must register for either GRAD 701, Teaching Assistant Development, or an equivalent course offered by their academic unit that has been approved by the Graduate School.
GRAD 701: Teaching Assistant Development
- 1-semester, zero-credit course (no tuition), Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading.
- Registration for GRAD 701 occurs through my.sc.edu during USC’s open registration (see registration and information link below).
- Students are required to participate in a minimum of four professional development activities (two of which may be online), tailored to the student’s specific type of instruction: instructor of record, laboratory assistant, recitation leader, discussion leader, grader, or student-designed track.
- A wide variety of activities are provided to fulfill this requirement: GRAD 701 sessions, CTE TA Workshops, general CTE Workshops, and other academic unit's instructional workshops.
- Satisfactory course completion requires submission of a reflection activity assignment for each of the four activities in which the student participated.
- Course administration and submission of assignments occurs via Blackboard.
- GTA/IAs who do not complete the course requirements will be assigned an “Unsatisfactory” grade which will be permanently recorded on their transcript.
701- Equivalent Departmental Course:
- Certain departments offer official instructional training courses that can be used in lieu of GRAD 701, to fulfill this portion of the TA Training requirement.
- 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 who have specialized TA Training programs approved as equivalent to GRAD 701 requirements but do not wish to develop a new course: School of Business MACC GIAs (Section 003), English Department Writing Center GIA Tutors (004), CHEM 701 GIAs (005), English Department Discussion Leader TAs (006), College of Engineering & Computing TAs (007).
- Registration for either the departmental equivalent or special section GRAD 701 course occurs through my.sc.edu during open registration.
Grad 701 Section registration restrictions:
- 001: All Departments
- 002: All Departments
- 003: School of Business MACC GIA's only
- 004: Writing Center GIA Tutors only
- 005: Chemistry GIA's only
- 006: English Discussion Leaders only
- 007: Engineering and Computing TAs only
- GRAD 701 Fall 2014 Syllabus
- GRAD 701 Fall 2014 Session Schedule
- The Graduate School TA Trained Database
TA Training FAQ
For questions concerning TA Orientation or GRAD 701, contact:
- Dr. Michelle L. Hardee, Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org,
For questions concerning International students and English testing requirements, contact: