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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 one day face-to-face course 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.

To earn a Certificate of Completion from the Teaching Assistant Institute, each TA must perform the following:

Requirement 1: Complete the TAI Online Preparation Course

IMPORTANT NOTE: You cannot access this module via SSO/TrainTraq; ignore any message you might see to sign off and go to SSO.

  1. 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.

  2. EMAIL: Sign on using your TAMU email address 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 an underscore (_) or dash (-) characters, you may use a personal email which does not contain one or more underscore or dash characters. 

  3. PASSWORD: The current password is: embark&%Aqueous
    The password you will use is not your TAMU password. 

  4. 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 September 9, 2019.) 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please ensure that the email that you enter is valid and accurate. You will receive your online completion certificate at this email address, as well as instructions to follow to finalize your required training.
Requirement 2: Complete the TAI Face-to-Face Seminar 


Fall 2019 Dates

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 20
Registration: 7:30
Start Time: 8:00AM
End Time: 5:00 PM
Dwight Look College of Engineering
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biosciences
Physics and Astronomy
Wehner Building, First Floor
August 21
Registration: 7:30
Start Time: 8:00AM
End Time: 5:00 PM
Mays Business School
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
College of Geosciences
Educational Psychology
Wehner Building, First Floor
August 22
Registration: 7:30
Start Time: 8:00AM
End Time: 5:00 PM
College of Liberal Arts
College of Architecture
College of Education and Human Development
Biomedical Engineering
Agricultural Economics
Wehner Building, First Floor
September 7
Registration: 7:30
Start Time: 8:00AM
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.

​Register at ERS.TAMU.EDU