TA Policy

picture of students in a classroomUniversity of Georgia TA Policy states that TAs must be adequately prepared to teach in the college classroom. University and Regents' policies require that all new graduate teaching and laboratory assistants receive support for their instructional roles. The following TA Policy applies to all graduate students with instructional duties regardless of a student’s specific instructional responsibilities in an academic course. Departments should develop discipline-specific support for the pedagogical development of graduate assistants in preparation for their instructional responsibilities at UGA and for their future careers.

The policy states that all TAs must:

  1. Attend TA Orientation
  2. Complete GRSC 7770 or departmental equivalent, and
  3. For international students, demonstrate proficiency with the English language.
This interdisciplinary orientation provides general preparation for graduate students with instructional responsibilities, including an overview of policies and procedures pertinent to the TA role, an introduction to effective teaching strategies and practices, and exposure to services and resources available across campus that offer support for individuals engaged in teaching and learning endeavors at UGA.

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GRSC 7770 is a 1 to 3 credit course which provides TAs with knowledge of pedagogical approaches, relevant UGA policies, and available support systems. All graduate students with instructional duties must complete GRSC 7770 or a departmental equivalent regardless of a student’s specific instructional responsibilities in an academic course (e.g., instructor of record, discussion leader, laboratory TA, grader, proctor).

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In order to teach at UGA, international students must demonstrate English proficiency. UGA is committed to providing training to international TAs who do not meet minimum requirements.

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In order for graduate students to teach as Instructors of Record, in addition to the TA Policy above they must also meet UGA’s faculty credentialing guidelines as set out by SACSCOC (PDF), including a master’s degree in the teaching discipline or 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline. Graduate students may not teach graduate courses, including a course that is split level with an undergraduate course. The exception is a TA may co-teach GRSC 7770 with an approved faculty member.

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