Graduate Teaching and Instructional Assistant Training, Spring 2014
All graduate students who will be newly appointed Graduate Teaching or Instructional Assistants (GTAs / IAs) in Spring 2014 are required to participate in TA Training, which consists of two parts: (1) TA/IA Orientation, and (2) a semester-long course on teaching assistant development, GRAD 701. These are described below.
- Attend two three-hour 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 one of each.
Russell House Ballroom
|9am - 12pm||A||B|
|1pm - 4pm||B||A|
TA Orientation Workshop A:
- University policies
- Discrimination and sexual harassment
- Dealing with low-to-high risk behavior (CHDC, BIT, USC Police)
- University resources
Workshop "A" Agenda
TA Orientation Workshop B:
- Teaching preparation and first day tips
- Workload management
- Establishing the teacher-student relationship
- Engaging students
- Grading objectively
- Classroom challenges
- Veteran TA panel
Workshop "B" Agenda
Students must make every effort to attend the workshops.
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.
- Student 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), pass-fail grading.
- Registration for GRAD 701 occurs through VIP during USC’s open registration (see 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 general CTE Workshops, CTE TA workshops, and other academic unit instructional workshops.
- Satisfactory course completion requires submission of a one-page reflection activity form for each of the four activities.
- 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 701A, FORL 776, HRTM 798, JOUR 805, PHIL 790, SLIS 804.
- 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), and English Discussion Leader TAs (006).
- Registration for either the departmental equivalent or special section GRAD 701 course occurs through VIP 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
For questions concerning TA Orientation or GRAD 701, contact:
For questions concerning International students and English testing requirements, contact: