A Teaching Assistant (TA) assists in the instruction of any upper or lower division course at the University under the supervision of a faculty member. The TA primarily assists the faculty member in charge of the course by conducting discussion or laboratory sections that supplement faculty lectures and by grading assignments and examinations. Graduate students registered full-time (twelve units or more) may be appointed up to 50 percent time (twenty hours/week) as Teaching Assistants during the academic year.
Teaching Assistants and others appointed on academic titles at 25 percent time or more for the quarter are eligible for payment of partial fee remission of 100 percent of the annual education and registration fees and 100 percent of the Graduate Student Health Insurance fee. For Teaching Assistants, these fee payments are credited to students’ accounts prior to the beginning of the quarter. The Graduate Student Academic Title Pay Rates webpage provides information about current salary rates for teaching assistant, reader, and tutor positions.
TAs with appointments between 25-50% (10-20 hours per week) must pay the remaining balance of fees:
- $263.69 per quarter (residents and non-residents who have advanced to candidacy)
- $263.69 + $5,034.00 per quarter (non-residents who have not advanced to candidacy)
TAs with appointments under 25% (less than 10 hours per week) must pay the full balance of fees:
- $5,543.59 (residents and non-residents who have advanced to candidacy)
- $5,543.59 + $5,034.00 (non-residents who have not advanced to candidacy)
A Tutor provides tutoring to small groups (three or more) of undergraduate or graduate students who require additional help to understand a course or topical material. In some instances tutoring may focus on improved use of the English language.
A Reader, on the other hand, assists a course instructor by grading homework, papers, or exams. Graduate students may be appointed up to 50 percent time (twenty hours per week) as Readers and Tutors.
All appointees must be registered full-time and in good academic standing, i.e., maintain a GPA of 3.0 in upper-division and graduate course work and must not have more than a total of eight units of F and/or U grades overall. Graduate students can hold positions as TAs, tutors or readers, and undergraduates can hold positions as tutors and readers.
- If you pass the assessment, you are eligible to TA.
- If you do not pass the assessment, you will be directed with next steps.
- If you would like to bypass the language proficiency requirement, you may try to do so by retaking the TOEFL and getting a higher TOEFL speaking score of 28 and higher. I would only recommend retaking the TOEFL if you believe you can score 28 or higher on the speaking section. Otherwise, I would wait until you come to UCSD to take the ELCE upon a TA offer.
- Courses should be taken for a grade. The ESL course, “Conversation Improvement” is not offered for a grade, and therefore does not count toward eligibility. It is, however, useful for those students who are in need of developing basic conversational fluency.
- These classes cost money and in the past UCSD Extension has offered Complimentary Enrollment vouchers (including the ESL classes) to eligible graduate students for courses up to $500.00. However, beginning in Spring 2019 UCSD Extension has not extended the vouchers to graduate students, which means you must pay for them out-of-pocket. All graduate students will be notified via email if they will be offering them for graduate students for Fall 2019.
Call for Applications
The call for applications for a TA, Tutor, and/or Reader position is sent to current graduate students via email. The application deadline is typically the end of the 7th week in Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters for positions beginning the next quarter.
For more information about TA, Tutor, and Reader positions, please consult the following sources:
- Teaching Assistant Responsibilities
- TA Training and Development Programs (Teaching and Learning Commons)
- Fee Payment Information for Teaching Assistants, Associate-Ins, Readers and Tutors
The ECE Department has a limited number of TA, Tutor, and Reader positions available. We strongly encourage students to investigate employment opportunities available outside the department. Please visit ASES for information on academic employment positions that may be available in other departments.
Association of Student Employees/UAW
Graduate students appointed as teaching assistants, associates, readers or tutors (ASEs) are represented by the Association of Student Employees/UAW under a collective bargaining agreement with the University of California. All salary payments under these titles are subject to a deduction for union membership dues or agency fee deduction for students who choose not to become members of the union. (For more information, please review the online University/UAW Contract.)