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Teaching Assistant Institute (TAI)

Fall 2017

Texas A&M - College Station:

Tuesday-August 22, Wednesday-August 23, and Thursday-August 24, 2017
Saturday - September 9
Location - Wehner Building

7:30 - 8:00 AM Registration
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Institute Training

TAI - Galveston:
Wednesday-August 16, 2017

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Institute Training

Teaching Assistant Certificate of Completion
To earn a Certificate of Completion from the Teaching Assistant Institute, each TA must perform the following:
1.       Complete the TAI Online Preparation Course (see instructions in next section)
2.       Attend a one-day face-to-face training seminar.  During for 2017 fall semester, each college is assigned a training day (Calendar coming in July).  If for some reason, a TA cannot attend on the assigned day, he/she may attend any of the scheduled sessions. In order to prepare materials and food for each day, we ask that the TAs (College Station campus only) go to the ERS.TAMU.EDU site, select the day that they will be attending the TA Institute and register for that specific all-day session. 
TAs will receive their Certificates of Completion directly from the TA's department. 
Instructions to Access and Complete TAI Online Preparation Course
Preparation course opens August 1st and closes September 16th.
The last opportunity for the face-to-face session is September 9th.
All components must be completed by September 16th - no exceptions. 
Complete the TAI online preparation course between August 1 and September 16, 2017.  Access the course by clicking this link or copying and pasting it into your browser: https://apps7.system.tamus.edu/TrainTraq/web/External/ExternalGatewayLogon.aspx.  
NOTE: You cannot access this module via SSO/TrainTraq; ignore any message you might see to sign off and go to SSO.
  1. Sign on using your TAMU email address and if it DOES NOT contain underscore or dash characters.  If you do not have a TAMU email address or if your TAMU email address has underscore or dash characters, you may use a personal email which does not contain one or more underscore or dash characters. Please ensure that the email that you enter is valid and accurate.  Your will receive your online completion certificate at this email address, as well as instructions to follow to finalize your required training.
  2. The password for the preparation course is Lacquer^CAPrice#93   This password will expire on September 16th.
  3. Search for and complete course 2111828 – Teaching Assistant Institute Preparation – CTE
Note:  You are encouraged to complete this course before attending the face-to-face session; however, it must be completed no later than Saturday, September 16, 2017.
  1. Keep an electronic copy of the completion verification that will be emailed to you after you successfully finish the course.  You may also share it with your supervisor.
  2. If you have a technical problem accessing or completing the course, contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at 979-845-8392 or cte@tamu.edu.
TAI Calendar
Departments in bold print are scheduled on a different day from their college.
If a TA cannot attend on the assigned day, he/she may attend any of the scheduled sessions.
Pre-registration is recommended at ers.tamu.edu, even if TA attends on assigned day.
Date Academic Unit Location
August 16
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM
Texas A&M University, Galveston Campus
Room TBD
August 22
Registration: 7:30
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
College of Architecture
Dwight Look College of Engineering
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biosciences
Physics and Astronomy
Wehner Building,
First Floor
August 23
Registration: 7:30
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM
College of Geosciences
College of Liberal Arts
Educational Psychology
Information and Operations Management
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications
Wehner Building,
First Floor
August 24
Registration: 7:30
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM
College of Science 
College of Education and Human Development
Mays Business School (Except INFO)
Biomedical Engineering
Wehner Building,
First Floor
September 9
Registration: 7:30
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM
All Academic Units
Wehner Building,
First Floor
For main campus, registration begins at 7:30 with the first session starting at 8:00. 
Training will be completed by 5:00 each day.
Departments that need to change the date for your unit can contact
Josh Marbach (Joshmarbach9@exhange.tamu.edu to coordinate)
by August 7th.
As a reminder, TAs who have already received a Certificate of Completion for TAI do not need to complete training again. Departments can check the compliance status of a TA assigned to their unit on the TATEP Compliance System. 
Training for First-Time Teaching Assistants
TA Institute FAQs
Department Waivers
TA Session Materials (Requires Net ID credentials)
Office of Graduate and Professional Students

 In July 2013, Texas A&M University reaffirmed a mandate that oversees the process of training future TAs.  To learn more about this mandate, visit The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) website:  New Teaching Assistant Training and Evaluation Program (TATEP)