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The Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning offers several programs for the professional development of Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) at UCF. For questions about becoming a GTA, please contact Graduate Studies.

GTA Training

Online Training

Graduate Studies and the University’s accrediting body require training before graduate students are permitted to work as Associates (instructors of record), Assistants, or Graders. All three levels of employment require online training. Graduate Studies will contact you about enrolling in training after they receive information from your department that you have been hired as a GTA or grader.

GTA Associate Zoom Meeting

If you are going to be a Graduate Teaching Associate (i.e., Instructor of Record), you need to take the one-day face-to-face training. Due to the ongoing response to the pandemic, this face-to-face training will be substituted by a virtual teleconference using Zoom.

To enroll in the training, you must separately register at the Grad Studies website. Please address any questions to gradassistantship@ucf.edu.

GTA Performance Assessment

UCF requires that the teaching-related performances of all Graduate Teaching Associates (Position Code 9183), Graduate Teaching Assistants (Position Code 9184), and Graduate Teaching Assistant-Graders (Position Code 9187) be assessed at the end of each term that the student serves as a GTA.

Departments and colleges may use any assessment tool available and gather information from any source that they determine to be relevant in order to conduct assessments of GTAs and to supplement the UCF GTA Performance Assessment Form. For example, departments may rely upon classroom visits, other informational observations, student ratings of instruction, other input from students, interviews and discussions with the GTA, and other evidences of performance that are available to the department.

The Assessment Form can be accessed on the Graduate Studies website.

Preparing Tomorrow’s Faculty Program

Every semester we offer IDS 6513, a voluntary face-to-face course on teaching at the college level that is open to all UCF Graduate Students. This course can serve as a replacement to the GTA Training if completed the semester prior to your appointment.

GTAs in the Preparing Tomorrow’s Faculty (PTF) course meet weekly and engage in a learning community facilitated by Faculty Center staff. Texts will be provided, and the course is free to all graduate students who are registered in at least one credit hour of coursework at UCF. By the end of the semester you will have assembled a first draft of your teaching portfolio.

Course modules:

  • Student learning and motivation
  • Integrated course design
  • Teaching pedagogies
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Course climate
  • Career development

If you have questions about our Preparing Tomorrow’s Faculty course, see our frequently asked questions.

PTF Registration Information

PTF is offered as a zero-credit-hour face-to-face course every semester. Register for IDS 6513 by contacting Eric.Main@ucf.edu.

The meeting times are Fridays, 1:00–3:00 p.m., the first 12 Fridays of each semester. During COVID restrictions, the meetings are synchronous and online.