Teaching Assistant Training Program

The OID TA Training Program assists TAs at UCLA to improve their teaching and advance their professional development.

If you are like the majority of UCLA graduate students, you will undertake the role of a Teaching Assistant at some point during your graduate career.  Becoming a successful TA is a skill that requires practice, preparation, and the collection of feedback and suggestions for improvement.  The TA Training Program website is designed to either answer your questions or direct you to helpful resources. 

Annual Campuswide TA Conference

Each year on the Monday of Week 0, the OID TA Training Program organizes a day-long conference designed for both new and continuing TAs. The conference kicks off with a complimentary breakfast during registration, and an informative resource fair that connects TAs with campus resources essential for undergraduate teaching. The goal of the conference is to provide a series of workshops for both the North and South graduate students, including both new and advanced pedagogical training. In addition we offer the expertise of professors and experienced TAs in the form of a distinguished teaching panel. This panel will provide insight and advise as you prepare for your teaching. Finally we end the day with complimentary coffee and sweets as well as a raffle for prizes. 

Departmental TA Training and the TAC Program

Many UCLA departments require their TAs to complete a 495 Seminar designed to prepare them for the TA role. Those seminars are organized, developed, and taught jointly by a faculty member and an experienced graduate student holding the title of a TA Consultant (TAC). The TA Training Program is involved with the selection and training of all TACs.

UCLA TA Resources

Learn about the hiring procedures, detailed responsibilities, and campus resources. Find out how a TA can request up to $250 for classroom activities by completing a TA Mini-grants Form. Get help with teaching and grading through the Teach2write website. And for new or experienced TA’s, visit the Surviving the First Quarter of Teaching website, a resource on how to prepare for the first day of teaching and beyond.

TA Training Program Coordinator:

Michelle Gaston
190 Powell Library
Office: 310-206-2622
Fax:    310-206-1455
Campus Mail Code: 156004


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