TA Policy

UGA 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 GTA/GLA 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.


TA Orientation

Information about upcoming TA Orientations is available at: http://ctl.uga.edu/ta/ta-policy/ta-orientation                         

Before the beginning of each fall semester, CTL organizes a morning orientation for all new graduate students with instructional responsibilities during following academic year.  Participants in the TA/LA Orientation Program will:

Please go to TA Orientation FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to new TA Orientation.  For other questions about the orientation, please contact Dr. Zoe Morris.

Click here for select TA orientation handouts from the TA orientation packet.

GRSC 7770 or Departmental Equivalent

GRSC 7770 is a 1 to 3 credit course which provides graduate teaching and laboratory assistants 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). For team-teaching or other supporting instructional roles, graduate students may take GRSC 7770 concurrently with their teaching assignments.  However, in order for GTA/GLAs to serve as instructors-of-record, they must complete GRSC 7770 prior their teaching responsibilities as instructor-of-record.

Graduate students may forgo taking GRSC 7770 if they can provide documentation of one of the following:

Departments seeking to exempt graduate students from taking GRSC 7770 must submit a GRSC 7770 waiver form to the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning in the Office of the Vice President for Instruction for approval at least one week prior to the beginning of the semester to which the student is assigned the teaching responsibility. To access the GRSC 7770 waiver form, please go to the pdf using the following link: http://www.ctl.uga.edu/uploads/main/mainmainGRSC7770-waiver-08_02_17.pdf

For more information about departmental GRSC 7770 sections, please click here - http://www.ctl.uga.edu/ta-policy-departmental-sections.

Language Requirement

Departments who must support graduate students with teaching assignments the first year of a graduate program should only accept those students whose language skills qualify them for their respective teaching appointments.

The following guidelines apply to all international graduate students required to submit TOEFL or IELTS results to enter UGA:

1. Students with a speaking score of 26 or higher on the TOEFL iBT or 8.0 or higher on the IELTS can be considered for any teaching assignment, including instructor-of-record, if they have attended TA Orientation and successfully completed a GRSC 7770 teaching seminar or departmental equivalent.

2. Students with a speaking score of 23-25 on the TOEFL iBT or 7.0-7.5 on the IELTS must complete a 3-credit-hour language AND cultural orientation course (LLED 7769). Upon completion of LLED 7769 and with a recommendation from the LLED 7769 program:

3. Students with a speaking score of 20-22 on the TOEFL iBT or 6.5 and below on the IELTS must successfully complete a 3-credit-hour language skills course (LLED 7768) before enrolling in LLED 7769 and GRSC 7770 or a departmental equivalent. Such students will need to retake TOEFL or IETLS tests and achieve requisite scores to be in compliance with policy.

Students who have no formal language score are required contact Dr. Linda Harklau at lharklau@uga.edu before being considered for a teaching assignment.  Language instruction in the special sections of LLED 7768 and 7769 are overseen by Dr. Harklau in the Department of Language & Literacy Education.

Registration for The TOEFL iBT language evaluation is available from Educational Testing Service http://testing.uga.edu/students-customers/prometric-testing

These guidelines are administered for the Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs by the Center for Teaching & Learning in the Office of the Vice President for Instruction. Questions regarding the implementation of the GTA/GLA Policy should be referred to Dr. Zoe Morris in the Center for Teaching and Learning.