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Training for Teaching Assistants

Being a teaching assistant (TA) is an excellent way to dive deeper into course materials and gain experience teaching and supporting students and faculty. The experience of working from "the other side of the desk" can be exciting as well as challenging. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has training and resources to support TAs. 

Teaching Assistantship Training Course

CTL has developed a self-paced Teaching Assistantship Training Course that is offered twice each year. A certificate of completion is awarded to students who successfully complete all coursework. The assignments completed during the course may be suitable for use as part of a teaching portfolio for those who intend to pursue a teaching career. 

Completion of the CTL TA training certificate has been approved to fulfill the Phase 1 Requirement for the Johns Hopkins Teaching Academy program. PhD graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are eligible to apply. Students interested in obtaining a Teaching Academy certification can complete the CTL TA training and then continue their path with the Teaching Academy.

More information about the CTL Teaching Assistantship Training Course is available on the Teaching Assistantship Training Course page.

Department Information for TAs

The primary contact for administrative questions should be your departmental academic coordinator or program administrator. More information is available on the Bloomberg School’s department information page.

TA Help

As you go about your duties, know that you are not alone. You have fellow teaching assistants and faculty members who will share guidance, experiences, and materials with you. Additionally, the CTL instructional design team will be one of your first lines of support in your role as a TA. More information about who to contact for help is available on the Teaching Assistant Help page.

For further information, please contact CTL.

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