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  • Graduate Teaching (GTA) Information

    Descriptions of GTA Positions

    Graduate teaching associates, assistants, and graders (GTAs) support the teaching mission of the university and can be hired under three job codes:

    • Graduate Teaching Associate (9183, Instructor of Record)
    • Graduate Teaching Assistant (9184)
    • Graduate Teaching Assistant - Grader (9187)

    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

    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).

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    SPEAK Test

    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.

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    GTA Assessments

    UCF requires GTA Performance Assessments by their assigned faculty supervisor.

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  • Awards

    UCF sponsors awards for excellence in graduate student teaching recognizing outstanding contributions to education.

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    Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty Program

    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.

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  •  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 Inquiries regarding the availability of GTA positions in your program should be directed to your graduate department office.


The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Central Florida.

Please note the commission's expectation that contact occur only if there is evidence to support significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. For other information about UCF’s SACSCOC accreditation, please contact the university's SACSCOC liaison in UCF's Office of Academic Affairs.

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