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Teaching Assistant & Graduate Assistant Programs

Welcome to Toronto Metropolitan University's community of TA/GAs and graduate students! The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is here to serve as your primary hub for advancing your professional growth in learning and teaching. We provide a range of events, professional development programs, and resources tailored to support TA/GAs and graduate students, ensuring your journey with us is both enriching and fulfilling. Check back regularly for updates and new resources

Explore our 2023/24 Programming

Graduate Teaching Development Program (GTDP)

An opportunity to enhance teaching skills, develop a teaching dossier, and attain teaching certificates in higher education. This program offers up to two teaching certifications for TMU graduate students. It involves two free 6-week courses in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education that will appear on your transcript. The completion schedule is flexible, and you'll earn certificates and digital badges for each level to enhance your LinkedIn profile.

Professional Development 

TA/GA Workshop Series

Attend workshops covering various aspects of professional development in teaching. This fall, join our Core Workshop Series, designed to orient new TA/GAs to their roles at the university. Open to all TA/GAs and interested graduate students at TMU.

Offered: Fall/Winter

Awards 

TA/GA Awards Program

The program rewards selected TA/GAs who have demonstrated excellence in community building, employee relations, and the student experience.
Offered: Fall/Winter

Orientation 

2023-2024 Modules

Orientation modules are offered online through D2L Brightspace. These modules help prepare TA/GAs for classroom teaching roles. Topics covered include meeting with supervising instructors, duties and responsibilities, student rapport, using D2L Brightspace, and resources for student success. Benefits include understanding TA/GA duties, strategies for instructor relationships, D2L proficiency, connecting students with campus resources, and gaining professional skills for academic and future careers.


TA/GA Day: In-Person Symposium on Teaching

A full-day of events for TA/GAs and all graduate students interested in professional development in teaching. Take away valuable tips, tools, and strategies for carrying out your teaching duties in the upcoming year and have a chance to network with peers.

Offered: Fall

Graduate Teaching Development Program Evaluation Report

Previous Reports

Frequently Asked Questions

A TA or GA builds teaching experience while being paid for their work in a particular field of study and practice. To learn more about the definitions of TA/GAs, their duties and obligations, please visit the CUPE Local 3904, Unit 3 Collective Agreement page on the Faculty Affairs website.

  •  TA/GA opportunities are posted in the eHR section of my.torontomu
  • Other work opportunities from GAs may be tied to graduate funding available from the Yeates School of Graduate Studies or other internal and external organizations.

Yes! The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching provides TA/GA Workshops throughout the Fall & Winter semesters. Please see the Learning Events Calendar for full offerings. 

The Library provides research workshops and individual assistance. Inquire at the Reference Desk on the second floor of the library, or go to Research Skills Workshops.

Student Learning Support offers group-based and individual help with writing, math, study skills and transition support, and other issues.

Academic Accommodation Support provides student-centred services and support to students with disabilities in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code in order to facilitate academic success and access to the university.

CUPE Local 3094 Unit 3: As TAs and GAs you are members of the collective bargaining unit CUPE Local 3094

The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is the leader in learning and teaching at Toronto Metropolitan University. As the primary support for the teaching community, the Centre fosters a culture of excellence and innovation in teaching, working to continually enhance student learning across the university

Student Union: (external link)  The Graduate Representative Committee is a committee of the Students' Union that is committed to reaching out to build a strong and active graduate community

Human Rights Services: The university's Human Rights Services works with members of the Toronto Metropolitan University community to promote a study, work and living environment free of discrimination and harassment. Their services are available to all university employees (faculty and staff), students, and visitors.

Ombudsperson: Contact the Ombudsperson if you believe you have been treated unfairly and/or you are not sure what your options are or you would like to discuss how a policy or procedure applies to your situation.

The Student Guide summarizes the policies, fees, procedures and services you’ll need to know as a Toronto Metropolitan student.

Academic Integrity Resources: Includes policy documents as well as resources on education and prevention of academic misconduct.

Other available resources: