TA Training

Are you a new Teaching Assistant at USF?

The Office of Graduate Studies requires TA Training for all TAs before they can teach, involving both a face-to-face one-day event and an online training. All Graders, Teaching Assistants, and Instructors of Record have the same training requirements. Those who have taught at USF before are exempted from the requirement.

The face to face training usually takes place on the Friday right before classes begin (in August and January only) and is offered by the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence. Students are allowed to register and attend the training before they "need" to, and thus complete the training requirements early. 

In addition to the one-day training mentioned above, all TAs, Graders, and Instructors of Record must also complete the online components of the TA Training Canvas course.

Check with the Office of Graduate Studies with any questions about the training requirements or exceptions.

TA Training - spring 2020

There are TWO required components to TA Training: an online set of modules (expected workload: 4 hours) and a one-day face-to-face seminar that is offered during the week before the first day of classes. 

Spring 2020 TA Training will be offered on: 

Friday, January 10, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Course Name: IDS5921.001S20 Teaching Assistant Training
CRN: 19818

You must register for the TA Training course, IDS 5921, through OASIS using the CRN above. 

You will be assigned a classroom for the event within the Canvas course for IDS 5921 (the information will also be emailed to you a few days before the event - be sure to check your USF email!). Students are expected to complete the 4 hours of online modules in Canvas BEFORE attending the face to face event.

After registering, you will need to complete the online modules in Canvas. The modules will become available in December. 

For questions regarding eligibility and requirements, contact Dr. Ruth Bahr (email; 974-7359) in Graduate Studies for further information.

At the TA Training session, topics covered include:

  • Syllabus Considerations; Your FIRST Day of Teaching
  • Classroom Management
  • How People Learn & Effective Lectures
  • Interactive Techniques
  • Assessment
  • Discussions & Active Learning Strategies
  • Using Canvas

Special Note for International Teaching Assistants

Potential international teaching assistants that do not meet the spoken English requirements to hold a 9183/9184 job code must enroll in the course Spoken English for ITAs. This course is delivered by INTO USF and the prospective ITA will be enrolled by their department. For more information on this course and the requirement, click here: