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GTA Training Requirements

Semester Deadlines

  • Fall 2016 - Friday, August 19
  • Spring 2017 - Friday, January 6
  • Summer 2017 - Friday, May 12

In order to be appointed as a GTA (graduate teaching associate, assistant, or grader), students must have completed the UCF GTA Training requirement by the semester deadline. There are no exceptions to the GTA Training requirement. Please note that the 2016-2017 online GTA Training Webcourse will close on May 22. Any training modules started in the 2016-2017 Webcourse but not completed by May 22 will have to be redone in the 2017-2018 GTA Training Webcourse.

Completion of the Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty program satisfies the requirement for GTA Grader, Assistant, and Associate Trainings. The Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty course will only meet the GTA Training requirement if completed in a prior semester. It is not sufficient to attend the Certificate course concurrently with your first teaching experience, if you have not taken the GTA Grader, Assistant, and Associate Trainings.

  Required GTA Training SPEAK Test**
Associate (face-to-face)  Minimum Score 
GTA Grader (9187)  YES  NO  NO  NO  Not Required 
GTA Assistant (9184)   YES  YES  NO  NO  50 
GTA Associate (9183)* YES  YES  YES  YES  55 

*GTA Associates must complete online Grader, Assistant, and Part I Associate Training and also attend Associate face-to-face workshop (see below).

**Applies to students who are non-native speakers of English and do not have a degree from a U.S. institution. See "SPEAK Test" below for more information.

Exception Policy

There is no exception to the GTA Training requirement. Students who complete this requirement by the stated deadline may be hired as GTAs. Students who do not complete the GTA Training requirement as described above may not be hired as GTAs for the current semester. In particular, late hiring of GTAs, international considerations, and the existence of departmental training programs do not obviate or mitigate the GTA Training requirement.

GTA Associate Training

The GTA Associate Training is mandatory before any graduate student will be permitted to teach independently and have full responsibility for all pedagogical aspects of the assigned course(s). To qualify as a GTA Associate, students must complete the GTA Grader and Assistant online modules, as well as the GTA Associate online module in UCF Webcourses and attend an all day, face-to-face workshop presented by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning will be hosting one face-to-face workshop prior to the start of the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Registration information is below. Students must register in advance for the all day face-to-face workshop in UCF Webcourses.

Please register for the 2016-2017 GTA Training to complete any required training for your assistantship prior to the start of the term. To register for the 2016-2017 GTA Training, visit

Prerequisites for Attending GTA Associate Training - In the GTA Webcourses, the students must complete the Grader, Assistant, and also Part I Associate Training before attending the Associate Workshop. The GTA Associate Face-to-Face workshop will be offered on the following dates.

GTA Associate Training Register Registration Opens Registration Closes
Summer 2017 - May 12
9 a.m. - 4 p.m (one-hour lunch break)
Classroom Bldg 1, room 207
Delivery: Face-to-face workshop February 10 TBD
Fall 2017 - August 18
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (one-hour lunch break)
Classroom Bldg 1, room 207
Delivery: Face-to-face workshop
Registration not yet available May 23 August 16

GTA Associate Training Agenda

Overview: Topics include course design, effective lecturing, timeline of the semester, and more.

Attendance: At each session, be sure to sign the attendance sheet. Please do your best to expedite this process with a minimum of distractions. Your attendance at the conference will be recorded to prove your fulfillment of this requirement.

Courtesy and Punctuality: During the workshops, please extend your courtesy to the faculty and staff who are presenting. Please do not arrive late or leave early. We have scheduled plenty of time between workshops and lunch for your transitions, and all of the workshops are held in the Classroom Building.

Workshop Evaluations: It is customary in academia and useful for all concerned to provide written feedback to presenters and sponsoring departments. At the end of each workshop, you will receive a blank evaluation form. Please take this activity seriously. Fill out the form completely and try to offer thoughtful, constructive comments.

Requests for Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities: The University of Central Florida is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities. Students with disabilities who need accommodations in this training must contact the Faculty Center at least one week prior to the GTA Training to discuss needed accommodations. No accommodations will be provided until the student has met with the Faculty Center to request accommodations. Students who need accommodations must be registered with Student Disability Services, Student Resource Center Room 132, phone (407) 823-2371, TTY/TDD only phone (407) 823-2116, before requesting accommodations from the Faculty Center.

GTA Assistant Training

GTA Assistant Training Register Registration Opens Registration Closes
Topics include classroom management, learning styles, testing and grading, and more.

Delivery: Online


Note: The online GTA Grader training is a pre-requisite to the GTA Assistant training. We recommend completing the Grader and Assistant trainings within the same year.

Open TBD

GTA Grader Training

GTA Grader Training Register Registration Opens Registration Closes
Topics include policies and procedures of the university and teaching.

Delivery: Online


Note: If you anticipate being a GTA Assistant in the future, we recommend you take the online Grader and Assistant trainings within the same year.




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