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Graduate teaching associates, assistants, and graders (GTAs) support the teaching mission of the university and can be hired under three job codes:
Most programs offer assistantships in which students serve as a research or teaching associate or assistant. Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) may be appointed as classroom teachers (instructors of record), co-teachers or classroom assistants, graders, lab assistants, or other roles directly related to classroom instruction.
Appointment as a GTA is seen as an integral part of students' graduate educational experience and essential to their professional development and preparation for employment in academia, industry, or government after graduation.
GTAs may be assigned as instructors of record for undergraduate courses, as assistants to the faculty in their teaching responsibilities or in other roles directly related to credit-earning formal course instruction, or as tutors for students on specific course-related material or general skills. GTAs assisting members of the faculty may have responsibilities that include assisting in laboratory courses, grading, preparation of course materials, or performing clerical tasks associated with course instruction. GTAs assigned as the instructor of record for an undergraduate course must be hired as a Graduate Teaching Associate (9183) and have the required GTA training and teaching qualifications. GTAs cannot be assigned as the instructor of record for a graduate level course.
GTA Training is mandatory before any graduate student will be permitted to teach, grade, assist or have full responsibility for all pedagogical aspects of the assigned course(s).
Students who are non native speakers of English and do not have a degree from a U.S. institution must pass the SPEAK test before they will be permitted to teach as Graduate Teaching Associates or Graduate Teaching Assistants.
UCF requires GTA Performance Assessments by their assigned faculty supervisor.
UCF sponsors awards for excellence in graduate student teaching recognizing outstanding contributions to education.
Free noncredit program offered by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. Participants who fulfill the course requirements are granted a Certificate that would exempt them from the need to take the GTA Training in future semesters.
For UCF policies related to graduate assistantships and GTAs, refer to Assistantships in the current Graduate Catalog.
Questions about UCF GTA Training requirements may be sent to email@example.com. Inquiries regarding the availability of GTA positions in your program should be directed to your graduate department office.
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