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.
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.
UPDATE: Online Version of Face-to-Face Training
All Graduate Teaching Associates are required to complete a single-day, face-to-face training session held just prior to the start of the first day of class in every semester. As UCF has temporarily moved all instruction online, Graduate Teaching Associates with appointments in Summer 2020 are required to complete the online version of the traditional face-to-face training. The online training is asynchronous, and students can move through the modules and complete them at their own pace. However, all students must complete the training prior to starting their teaching responsibilities in the summer term. To enroll in the training, please use this link: https://webcourses.ucf.edu/enroll/XRK4A3
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 a voluntary face-to-face program on teaching at the college level that is open to all UCF Graduate Students. This program can serve as a replacement to the GTA Training if completed the semester prior to your appointment.
GTAs in the Preparing Tomorrow’s Faculty program meet weekly and engage in a learning community facilitated by Faculty Center staff. Texts will be provided, and the program is free to participants. By the end of the semester you will have assembled a first draft of your teaching portfolio.
- Student learning and motivation
- Integrated course design
- Teaching pedagogies
- Assessment and feedback
- Course climate
- Career development
Graduate Teaching Associates (instructors of record), Graduate Teaching Assistants, and GTA-Graders have priority admission to the course. If you have questions about our Preparing Tomorrow’s Faculty program, see our frequently asked questions.
Spring 2020 PTF Registration Information
- Meeting Place: Classroom Building I, Room 205
- Meeting Times: Fridays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/6, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10
Registration for this semester is closed. Watch this space for information about registering for future semesters.