The Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning promotes excellence in all levels of teaching at the University of Central Florida. To that end, we offer several programs for the professional development of Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) at UCF. General information about becoming a GTA should be directed to 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, and Associates are further required to attend a single-day training session face to face (held just prior to the start of the first day of class in every semester). Click here to read more information about Associate Training and how to self-register for the online training. You must separately register at the Grad Studies website for the in-person Associate Training. Questions should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every semester we offer a voluntary program on teaching at the college level, open to all UCF Graduate Students. Click here for more information and to register for the upcoming semester.
Several resources to help you as an instructor at UCF include:
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.
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