Many programs offer specialized Teaching Assistant (TA) training during orientation, the week before classes begin. Other programs offer teaching methods seminars for their own TAs. The deans’ offices of the School of Business, School of Education, College of Engineering, and College of Letters and Science offer TA orientation sessions (typically during orientation week in August). Students should contact their program’s graduate coordinator or payroll representative for more information, or call one of the deans’ offices listed above. Letters and Science TAs should contact the L&S TA Training and Professional Development Office in South Hall at 608-265-0603.
The International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Training Program, coordinated by the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program, helps non-native English speaking TAs (or potential TAs) improve their oral communication and classroom teaching skills.