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UTA Information and Application

The Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA) Program is a cooperative effort of the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Studies and the College of Education. That cooperation continues to support the program, with coordination coming from the Center for Teaching Excellence. (Click here for the Fall 2011 Syllabus).

Selected students work with a faculty mentor (eligibility is not restricted to any discipline, department, etc.) and provide services while they learn about teaching. Students earn credits through EDUC 388(0101) - Special Topics in Education: Guided Experiences in College Teaching (3 credits) and EDCI 498 - Special Problems in Education (1 credit). The UTA splits time between working with the faculty member he or she is assisting (about 8-10 hours per week) and the seminar meetings for EDUC 388. The classes meet two hours each week and the first session will serve to orient the UTAs in their new role at the beginning of the semester. (Details will be individually communicated to students who are selected for the program).

To be selected as a UTA is both an opportunity for significant personal growth and an honor. To qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have junior standing by the beginning of the semester
  2. Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
  3. Have earned a grade of A in the course in which assisting

Beyond these requirements, the only thing necessary is mutual agreement of the faculty mentor and the prospective UTA. We hope you will help identify students and faculty who may want to participate in this program.

Application forms must be submitted collectively from a faculty and student. Space is limited. Early applications are encouraged. If you have any questions please contact the UTA Coordinator at (301) 405-9356 or email us: cte[at]umd[dot]edu

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