All about teaching assistantships in USA

Posted on 14 May 2014 Views ( 1251 )

<p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Teaching Assistants, as the name suggests assists a teacher or a professor with instructional responsibilities. These teaching assistants are four types: Undergraduate teaching assistants (UTAs), graduate teaching assistants (GTAs), Secondary school Teaching Assistants and elementary school Teaching Assistants. Generally, TAs assists with classes, but many a times students hold the responsibility as the sole instructor for one or more classes each semester. Secondary school TAs and Graduate TAs have a fixed salary determined by each contract period. On the other hand, in many countries along with U.S., high school students and undergraduates are sometimes unpaid. They receive course credits in return for their assistance. Teaching assistants often assist the main teacher in managing students with learning disabilities and physical disabilities, such as blindness or deafness.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">In Graduate Schools, Teaching Assistantship is the best source of funding while pursuing Masters Program like MS or MBA. But many students are not aware of how these are awarded. They also have no idea about how to plan and prepare.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Student should have minimum one of the following to be eligible for Teaching Assistantship:</span></span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">They should have taken that particular class and got a good grade (Ideally &ldquo;A&rdquo; or &ldquo;A&mdash;&ldquo; )</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">They should have taken a more advanced class than that particular class.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">If the student had undergone a similar class in his/her home nation covering the maximum number of topics.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">If you have any research publications related to the topics of the class.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">If you have some significant work experience in the area of the class you plan to be TA.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">If you are in the first semester and applying for TA, then your Academics percentage, GRE and TOEFL scores may be considered.</span></span></span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span><span><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Planning and preparation</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">These days getting a teaching assistantship in the I20 along with the admission has become quite natural:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Many students fail to notice the fact that taking right classes help for funding. Plan to take classes in such a way that you can see an option for TA openings in next semester. Suppose if your senior is getting TA at school, who will be there for the next couple of semesters, your chances of getting that TA is zero. So, if you take that class that is waste of your time for funding. If you take classes where your seniors will be graduating, probability of getting vacancy will be high. To know about the courses TA will graduate next semester, have a talk with your seniors.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Also having good academic percentage and test scores will help you.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">If you get an opportunity to do research with your professor, you can show them to US professors and ask for funding.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Your work experience also helps. If you teach to someone in summer break, it may help.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span>Bottom line, proper planning of classes by talking to seniors will help you get TA.</span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span>Make sure you get an&rdquo;A&rdquo; Grade in the class.</span></span></span></p>