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Teaching Assistant & Graduate Assistant Programs

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Congratulations on your assistantship and welcome to Toronto Metropolitan's community of TAs and GAs! This is your resource for professional development in learning and teaching. We offer a number of ongoing supports for TAs and GAs below.




TA/GA Orientation

Online orientation modules offered through D2L are designed to prepare new TAs and GAs for their roles.

TA/GA Day is a one-day orientation event that invites new and returning TA/GAs to prepare for their upcoming teaching roles by participating in speaker, workshop, panel, and networking activities.


TA/GA Day: Symposium on Teaching Full day of events for TA/GAs and graduate students interested in teaching with opportunities to network with peers and take away valuable tips, tools and strategies for carrying out your teaching duties in the upcoming year.  Fall

Workshop Series

Offers TA/Gas the opportunity to gather together and learn about various aspects related to professional development in teaching.


Graduate Teaching Development Program (GTDP) (opens in new window) 


A program that offers graduate students the opportunity to complete up to two teaching certificates, to gain valuable transferable skills related to teaching and facilitation, to begin developing components of a  teaching dossier that can be used for applying to future teaching positions.


Awards Program


The program rewards selected TAs and GAs who have demonstrated excellence in community building, employee relations, and the student experience.


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.

  •  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.