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Graduate Assistant Training (TA/RA)

Please note, this is formerly known as TAD.

The Graduate Assistant Training program is required for all new teaching assistants (TAs). Returning TAs should visit their training portal to complete any new ASU training requirements that may supplement earlier TAD requirements. The program is also highly encouraged for both new and returning research associates (RAs). This program provides training and resources as well as an orientation of the responsibilities of being a TA/RA.  

Online Training Modules

The Graduate Assistant Training includes several training modules that are required to be completed by all TAs. It is critical that all trainings are complete before the first day of the students’ official TA/RA position.

The Graduate Assistant Training modules are administered through ASU Career Edge, (ASUrite ID and password required). All ASU TA/RAs will automatically be assigned all required trainings. Please visit career-edge.asu.edu and look in the “My Training” section for assigned modules. 

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Training modules include: 

  • ASU Information Security Training Refresher
  • Community of Care
  • Consent and Respect
  • Core Strategies for Teaching in Higher Ed
  • FERPA Tutorial for System Access
  • Preventing Discrimination and Harassment at ASU
  • Research and Academic Integrity Tutorial
  • Title IX – Your Duty to Report

*Please note: If you have already completed one or more of the trainings listed above, they will not be assigned to you in ASU Career Edge. 


During orientation tools and resources are shared to help TAs learn about the various expectations of them in their new role as well as resources on campus.

First-time TAs must attend a TA Orientation session. Registration is mandatory. New TAs only need to attend one of the TA Orientations sessions. If you miss this orientation, email tad-q@asu.edu as soon as possible; you still must complete the other components of the Graduate Assistant Training program your first semester as a TA.

Dates for TA Orientation for Spring 2020 will be released soon.

Developmental Experiences

In addition to the seven training modules required for all student-facing personnel, all new TAs are required to complete developmental modules designed. Covering the basics of student communication, classroom management and more, all new TAs should complete the Core Strategies for Teaching in Higher Ed training within 45 days of receiving their TA assignment. See Online Training Modules section above for information on how to access.



For questions specific to the Graduate Assistant Training program contact us at tad-q@asu.edu.

TA/RA Policy and Procedure Handbook

As teaching and research assistants, it is important to understand the expectations, rights and responsibilities of your position as a scholar, researcher, instructor and member of the broader academic community. The TA/RA position is an important role both to the ASU community and to the development of your professional identity.

Diary of a New TA

Diary of a New TA is a blog for future and new teaching assistants. Featuring advice from current and past teaching assistants. Diary of a New TA covers a broad array of TA-related issues and offers practical advice on everything from classroom management strategies to student communication and conduct.