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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 Spring 2021 TAI will be facilitated virtually.

The final date to complete all components of the TAI is January 30, 2021.


Spring 2021 Virtual TAI Dates

Virtual Sessions in ZOOM Departments/Colleges
Monday, January 11, 2021* All Departments and Colleges
Tuesday, January 12, 2021* All Departments and Colleges
Saturday, January 30, 2021* All Departments and Colleges

*New Teaching Assistants (TAs) are encouraged to sign up early for one 2.5 hour virtual session on one of three dates: January 11th, 12th or Saturday, January 30th (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 virtual session using the Event Registration System (ERS) at (https://ers.tamu.edu/event/8499). Note: Session links (ZOOM meeting links) will be sent by email following registration in ERS a few days prior to the scheduled virtual session. Registering for a virtual session will also give students access to session materials in eCampus which should be reviewed prior to the virtual 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/8499.
  2. Complete the TAI Online Preparation Course in Gateway. (Click here for Instructions on accessing the TAI Online Prep Course) The password changed on February 1, 2021 to 8ear^4i$Tor.
  3. Complete TAI content modules and quizzes in eCampus. 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, November 30, 2020. Modules and corresponding quizzes should be completed prior to attending the TAI Virtual Session.

Training for First-Time Teaching Assistants
Department Waivers
Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS)