TA Training Resources

New Graduate Teaching Assistant Training 

UNC Charlotte’s accreditation standards require that all Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA) receive training prior to the start of their teaching contract. All new GTAs are expected to complete online training designed to provide them with important information and policies relevant to their new role. Topics to be covered in the online training include:  FERPA, Discrimination/ADA, Common First Amendment Issues, Title IX/Sexual Harassment, Syllabus Policies/Resources, Classroom Management, Active Shooter on Campus guidelines, General Teaching Practices and Canvas Basics to name a few.

A few weeks prior to the start of the Fall and Spring semesters new GTAs will receive an email invitation to join the training in Canvas. Compliance and successful completion of the online training modules will be noted for the University's records.  All GTAs will have a six-week window from the date of the invitation to complete this online training. Failure to complete this training successfully could negatively impact future GTA contracts. 

As clarification, anyone designated as a GTA must receive training. The Center for Graduate Life tracks the completion of all Teaching Assistant training.  In order to fulfill the GTA training requirement, students must score 100% on all quizzes. Anyone scoring less than 100% will be recorded as not having completed the GTA training.  This could affect future GTA contracts. Any GA (Graduate Assistant) who will have responsibilities for grading papers and/or meeting with students must still receive training.

Please find documents below from current and past Teaching Assistant Trainings that we hope you will find useful.

Legal Guidelines

This PowerPoint from January, 2016, provides an overview of the basic legal guidelines which a GTA needs to know in order to run a liability-free classroom.

Title IX Resources

The three documents below provide guidelines for understanding and applying Title IX in the classroom.

Title IX Investigation Process
Title IX and Clery Chart
Interpersonal Violence

Teaching Tips

This document offers suggestions and ideas for optimizing classroom learning across disciplines and learning styles.

The Art of the Rubric

This 2016 PowerPoint summarizes issues to consider when creating a rubric for grading.


This document provides information on identifying and managing difficult classroom behavior; it also lists referrals to on-campus resources for these students.

Grading Writing

This PowerPoint from January, 2015, summarizes the main issues in grading student writing and provides methods for dealing with different assignments and rubrics.  The accompanying writing sample provides an exercise to apply these methods.

International/Domestic GTAs

This document, prepared by a panel of International graduate students, offers a comprehensive list of suggestions and insights about International and Domestic classroom cultures, so that GTAs from both environments can have successful classroom experiences.