TA Training Resources

New Graduate Teaching Assistant Training 

UNC Charlotte’s accreditation standards require that all Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) receive training prior to the start of their teaching contract. The Graduate School, through the Center for Graduate Life, offers online training for new TAs. This online training is designed to provide important information and policies relevant to the role of TA.  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, Canvas Basics and more.

In order to complete this training you will receive an invitation to join the training site at canvas.uncc.edu. You will have approximately one month to complete the training. It is your responsibility to accept the invitation and to complete the training on time. You must complete all the modules and quizzes; there will be only two attempts allowed for the quizzes. Your participation in this training will be recorded in your student account. 

Graduate Teaching Assistant Handbook

All TAs and Instructors of Record (IOR) should make themselves familiar with the important information found in the Graduate Teaching Assistant Handbook, prior to the beginning of the first day of class.

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

The Top 10 Suggestions for New Teaching Assistants

This list was compiled by experienced TAs. 

Teaching Tips

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

Another important resource is UNCC's Multicultural Resource Center. Visit safezone.uncc.edu and trans.uncc.edu for more information about creating an inclusive classroom environment. 

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.