Graduate TA Training

Welcome to the Graduate TA Training webpage.

  • This training is required by the office of the Provost to help prepare you for your TA duties which may include grading, leading a lab, teaching a recitation section, or some other combination of teaching responsibilities.
  • You are required to complete this training the first semester you are on campus as a graduate student. You have two options for your training: UNIV 400 A and UNIV 400 C. Both are non-credit. You will sign up for the option of your choice at the Orientation Seminar for this training process, set for August 24, 5 p.m. to 8:00 p. m. in Clapp 108. A light meal will be served.
  • Descriptions of both options are below:

Option 1: UNIV 400 A Professional Development for Graduate Teaching Assistants

This seminar is for those TAs who do not plan to teach after graduation.

  • This course is essentially a series of three required seminars. (Core Seminars) and all are offered multiple times throughout the semester. Elective Seminars are NOT required but are offered to all graduate students through the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE). We offer between 10 and 15 elective seminars each semester to choose from.
  • Register on SIS for UNIV400A.
  • For all seminars during the semesters (except for the Orientation seminar), be sure to register for each seminar on Campus Groups page no later than the Friday before the seminar is being held. You must bring your Case ID to the seminar.
  • Summary of Required Seminars:
  1. Orientation - January 11, 2019.
  2. Global Classroom - February 6, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
  3. Inclusive Classrooms - February 13, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
  4. Observation and Follow-up - February 20, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Option 2: UNIV 400C - Future Faculty Preparation

UNIV 400C is designed for those TAs who plan to be professors after they graduate.

  • Taught by two experienced teachers and a seasoned graduate teaching assistant, this seminar offers participants the chance to learn effective teaching strategies useful across major disciplines.
  • Through small group discussions, journal assignments, and micro-teaching sessions, participants will have opportunities to learn and try out successful teaching strategies. In addition, the final two weeks will guide students through online teaching techniques. These final weeks will be asynchronous, online sessions.
  • This 12-session seminar will take place on Tuesdays from January through MY. Two sections are available: 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. or 1 to 2:15 p.m.. A free textbook is provided.
  • Enrollment is limited to 15 students per section.
  • Participants will be expected to read assignments, complete a weekly journal, plan and teach a mini lesson, and participate fully in all discussions and online sessions.
  • Graduate students will be enrolled via Student Information System. Postdoc scholars/fellows, please email for registration instructions.

Questions should be directed to (216) 368-3790 or

  • International Students will have one more requirement to complete: the Spoken English Test. This will make sure you can communicate clearly in English with your students. Based on your results in the Spoken English Test, you may be placed in a UNIV 402 class before or concurrently with either UNIV 400 A or C You will sign up for your SET test during graduate student orientation.
Completing UNIV 400 A and UNIV 400 C

You have one semester to complete UNIV 400 A and all of the requirements. If you fail to do so, you will receive a 'NP" and will be required to retake the course in its entirety the following semester.

Becoming a Mentor TA

We're looking for dedicated graduate students who are interested in facilitating training seminars and helping to keep the graduate TA training program running smoothly and effectively. Click here, for more information.