dcsimg

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Job Duties

Graduate teaching assistants teach or perform teaching-related activities in order to assist faculty, department chairs, or other staff at colleges and universities. At the same time, they work toward completion of a graduate degree, such as a Ph.D. Some are responsible for teaching an entire introductory course, including preparing lectures and giving grades. Others help faculty in teaching a course, including designing exams, grading papers, holding office hours, facilitating laboratory sessions, giving quizzes, or monitoring exams.

Usually teaching assistants meet prior to the beginning of classes with the faculty member they will be assisting in order to discuss which aspects of the course they will be responsible for. Different faculty members have different needs. Some require their teaching assistants to sit in on classes, while others give them assigned tasks to complete during classes. Graduate teaching assistants work either one-on-one with a faculty member or they may be one of several assistants in a larger course.

Job Skills

Graduate teaching assistants need to have the ability to communicate effectively with students, as well as relate well to them. They should enjoy working with students and be able to motivate the to succeed in their academic endeavors. Their minds should be inquiring and analytical, and they should have a strong desire to pursue and pass on knowledge. They often work in environments in which they have little direct supervision, requiring them to be self-directed and self-motivated.

Income

In 2002, postsecondary teachers (the broader category of which graduate teaching assistants are a part) earned a median annual salary of $49,040. Earnings for graduate teaching assistants would fall closer to the lowest 10%, who earned less than $23,080.

Training and Education

Students who obtain jobs as graduate teaching assistants gain valuable experience teaching which may help them later in obtaining faculty positions. In order to be considered for graduate teaching assistant positions, candidates must be enrolled in a graduate school program. Some institutions require candidates to attend classes or participate in training before they are allowed to teach courses.

Most graduate teaching assistants work at the institution and in the department where they are earning their degree. However, in recent years, teaching or internship positions for graduate students at institutions that do not grant graduate degrees have become more common. A program entitled Preparing Future Faculty offers graduate students at research universities the opportunity to work as teaching assistants at other types of institutions, such as liberal arts of community colleges.

Employment

In 2002, graduate teaching assistants held about 128,000 jobs. A majority were employed in public and private 4-year colleges and universities and in 2-year community colleges.

Job Outlook

Between 2002 and 2012, employment of graduate teaching assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average. They play a vital role in the postsecondary education system, and they are expected to continue this role in future years. Demand for these types of teachers will be good for several reasons. Graduate enrollments are expected to increase at a slower rate, and total undergraduate enrollments are expected to increase almost twice as fast. This will create many positive job opportunities for graduate teaching assistants, who make up more than 12 percent of all postsecondary teachers.

For more information on how to pursue this profession, please see our Education Degree directory.


Graduate Teaching Assistant Training

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Matching School Ads
            Master of Arts in Teaching
            • Ranked 21st among the Best Education Schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Established in 1918 with the mission, “to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally, and globally.”
            • The first major research university to offer an online M.A.  in teaching program.
            • Offers certificate through doctoral programs in teaching, counseling, and more.
            • All programs taught with the guiding principles of leadership, learning, accountability, and diversity.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            M.A. Education with Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential
            • Founded over 60 years ago on the principles of inclusion and social justice.
            • Offers credit for previous life and work experience.
            • Equipped with over 17,000 titles in their library.
            • Has 3 semesters and 6 start dates a year.
            • Located in Pasadena, CA, with instructional sites in Sacramento, Salinas, Santa Cruz, and Visalia as well as online options.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Instructional Design & Technology
            • Push Your Creativity To The Next Level.
            • Full Sail’s curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement.
            • Full Sail offers accelerated programs, so a degree that would normally take four years takes 24 months on average.
            • Students work with industry-standard tools and technologies, allowing them to gain practical knowledge and real-world experience.
            • Join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to interact with our community, read about grad success, and see campus images.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction

            • Students may choose from a wide variety of programs, including business, health sciences, nursing, liberal arts, science & engineering, and more.
            • Small class sizes and an average student-to-faculty ratio of 22:1 allows students to get more personalized attention.
            • Ranked among the top High School Counselor Rankings in 2017 by U.S. News & World Report.
            • Designated as a 2017 Military Friendly® Schools: Gold award recipient by Victory Media.

            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies
            • Get your master’s degree in just 14 months!
            • Earn your Ed.D. fully online in less than four years
            • Achieve an advanced degree on your schedule, from the comfort of your home
            • Use research-based best practices to have a more powerful impact on education
            • Further your education through affordable financial aid and competitive tuition
            • Scholarships, grants and other forms of financial aid may also be available to help students with their tuition.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            General Education - Doctor of Education
            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
            • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
            • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
            • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
            • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
            • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Master's (M.Ed.) - Adult Education and Training
            • Ranked one of the Best for Vets schools in Military Times Edge magazine’s 2013 “Best for Vets” edition.
            • Offers MUSE (My Unique Student Experience), a content delivery system that gives students the option to watch, view, read or listen to required course materials.
            • Allows students to complete courses at whatever pace they want.
            • Provides IntelliPath, a proprietary learning technology that lets students learn at their own pace.
            • A DANTES-affiliated university and member of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology

            Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Online Master's Programs

            At Saint Mary's, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you. Get an affordable, convenient education from a top-ranked university that's grounded in real-world applications.

            Saint Mary's University's long history of innovation in education continues with the launch of our new iPad® application, allowing for learning on the go. Our commitment to our Lasallian Catholic tradition of continuous learning, ethics and advancing the common good also endures.

            • Online Courses
            Early Childhood Education (Certificate Only) - Online
            • Each year since 2004, The Princeton Review has included California University in its Best in the Northeast listing, recognizing Cal U as one of the best regional universities in the northeastern United States.
            • Ranked #35 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
            • Offers private school amenities at a public school cost.
            • Grants students in its Global Online program the same diploma as graduates from Cal U’s traditional degree programs.
            • Has an student-to-teacher ratio of 20:1.
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Master of Arts in Education, Educational Administration
            • Students can explore different subject areas and pursue their degree in science & mathematics, business, education, health services, social sciences, and more.
            • 99% of full-time, tenured-track faculty members have a terminal degree in their field.
            • Ranked #88 among the 2017 Best Regional Universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report.
            • Designated as a 2017 Miltary Friendly® Schools: Gold award recipient in by Victory Media.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses