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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 one day face-to-face workshop with additional online modules 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)

Spring 2020 Dates:
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Saturday, January 25, 2020 (Make-up session)


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

(1) complete the TAI online preparation course, and
(2) attend the TAI face-to-face seminar (See instructions in the next section.)

Requirement 1: Complete the TAI Online Preparation Course between December 2, 2019 and January 27, 2020.

  1. Access the TAI Online Preparation Course via this link to Gateway (not SSO/TrainTraq):
    1. https://apps7.system.tamus.edu/TrainTraq/web/External/ExternalGatewayLogon.aspx.
    2. NOTE: DO NOT access this module via SSO/TrainTraq; ignore any message you might see to sign off and go to SSO.
  2. Sign on using any email address which DOES NOT contain any underscore or dash characters (the email DOES NOT need to be a “tamu.edu” address).
  3. Enter the Password: NterPri9&$murPHThis password expires February 10, 2020. A new password will be provided at that time.
  4. Search for and complete course 2111828 – Teaching Assistant Institute Preparation – CTE.
  5. Keep a copy of the module completion certificate that will be emailed to you.
  6. Shortly after completing the course, you will receive an email (sent to the email address entered in Step 2) containing a link. Complete the last step of linking your UIN to the course completion record.  You will not receive credit for the course completion until this final step is completed.  You will continue to receive the automatic email notification on a routine basis until the link is completed.
  7.  If problems exist, contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at 979-845-8392 or cte@tamu.edu.
Requirement 2: Attend the TAI Face-to-Face Seminar 

Register for a workshop date at https://ers.tamu.edu/event/7481. NetID and UIN is required to sign in to the Event Registration System (ERS).
Spring 2020 TAI Calendar
Date Academic Unit Location
January 8, 2020
Registration: 7:30
Start Time: 8:00AM
End Time: 5:00 PM
 All Academic Units Wehner Building, First Floor
January 25, 2020
Registration: 7:30
Start Time: 8:00AM
End Time: 5:00 PM
 All Academic Units Wehner Building, First Floor
Registration begins at 7:30 am with the first session starting at 8:00 am. 
Training will be completed by 5:00 pm each day. If a TA has attended the TAI Face-to-Face seminar in a prior semester, he/she does not need to repeat the seminar.

Training for First-Time Teaching Assistants
TA Institute FAQs
Department Waivers
TA Session Materials (Requires Net ID credentials)
Office of Graduate and Professional Students