The Teaching Assistant Certificate (TAC)

The Teaching Assistant Certificate (TAC) is a joint effort of the Office of Graduate Studies and the student's academic department. To earn a certificate, the teaching assistant must do the following:

  • Find a faculty member as a teaching mentor
  • Work closely under that person’s guidance (as an associate) including shadowing the professor and sharing their mentor’s experiences as they run their courses
  • Have their teaching observed and formally critiqued by the teaching mentor
  • Participate in departmental or university teaching workshops
  • Request a comprehensive teaching assessment by the faculty mentor
  • Develop a teaching portfolio