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Teaching Assistant Institute

The Teaching Assistant Institute (TAI), hosted by the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies and the Center for Teaching Excellence, is a university-mandated Institute designed to prepare graduate students for college classroom teaching. TAI is offered every year at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters and is required for new TAs who serve as recitation leaders, laboratory instructors, and/or full responsibility lecturers. TAI is a component of the Teaching Assistant Training and Evaluation Program (TATEP).

The Fall 2020 TAI will be facilitated virtually.

Fall 2020 Virtual TAI Dates

Virtual Sessions in ZOOM Departments/Colleges
Tuesday, August 11, 2020* All Departments and Colleges
Wednesday, August 12, 2020* All Departments and Colleges
Thursday, August 13, 2020* All Departments and Colleges
Saturday, September 5, 2020* All Departments and Colleges

*New Teaching Assistants (TAs) are encouraged to sign up early for one 2.5 hour virtual session on one of four dates: Augusts 11th, 12th, 13th, or September 5th (make-up session). There are 40 seats available for each session. Four sessions will be facilitated per day. TAs only need to sign up for one session. TAs can register for a session using the Event Registration System (ERS) at https://ers.tamu.edu/event/8066. Note: ZOOM meeting links will be sent by email following registration for a session in ERS a few days prior to the scheduled session.    


To earn the TAI Certificate of Completion and receive TATEP compliance for the Teaching Assistant Institute, each new TA must:

  1. Register for a TAI Virtual Session in the Event Registration System (ERS) at https://ers.tamu.edu/event/8066 by Monday, August 3, 2020 

  2. Complete the TAI Online Preparation Course in Gateway by Monday, August 10, 2020 (Click here for Instructions on accessing the TAI Online Prep Course)

  3. Complete TAI content modules in eCampus by Monday, August 10, 2020. Note: New TAs will ONLY be given access to the modules in eCampus following registration for a TAI Virtual Session. New TAs having registered for a TAI Virtual Session will be given access to content modules in eCampus beginning Monday, August 3, 2020. Modules should be completed by August 10, 2020

Training for First-Time Teaching Assistants
Department Waivers
Office of Graduate and Professional Students