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 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.
Graduate Teaching Associates are further required to attend a single-day face-to-face training session held just prior to the start of the first day of class in every semester. It is held in Classroom Building 1, Room 205. The Associate Training is mandatory before any graduate student will be permitted to teach as an instructor of record.
Topics covered include:
- Teaching and Learning Principles
- Course Design
- Syllabus and Course Documents
- Assessment and Grading
- Teaching Methods
- Classroom Management
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.
- Course design
- Modes of delivering instruction
- Learning theories and models
- Teaching methods
- Assessment and feedback
- Professional survival skills, ethics, legal issues
- Classroom management.
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.
Fall 2019 PTF Registration Information
- Meeting Place: Classroom Building I, Room 205
- Meeting Times: Fridays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22
To register for Preparing Tomorrow’s Faculty, fill out the application form by end-of-day August 29th:
We will confirm acceptance into the program on Friday, August 30th. Call or email the Faculty Center if you have questions.