All graduate students are required to serve as a Teaching Assistant in at least one course for academic credit before the Ph.D. degree is awarded. Appropriate courses may be undergraduate, graduate, or medical, but must be in the Biological Sciences Division (exceptions may be made for students in the Biophysical Sciences program).
To be eligible for credit, a course must offer the TA significant teaching experience, such as giving a full-length lecture, running a lab or field trip, or leading regularly scheduled, weekly discussion sessions. Faculty should be prepared to mentor the teaching assistant in the development of their teaching skills. Both the Teaching assistant and the faculty mentor must complete the Teaching Assistant Compact.
For those students who feel unprepared for teaching, a TA Training Course is offered every academic year (usually in Autumn or Spring). This course may count as one of the two TA credits.
Students may not TA for pay before completing the requirement; they may only TA the same course twice IF there is significant changes in responsibilities and opportunities to learn new skills in teaching.
FAQs for the Evaluated Teaching Requirement