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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 Trainings

The Graduate Assistant Training includes several trainings 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 trainings are a combination of ASU required trainings as well as Graduate College trainings. Failure to complete the required trainings could result in the termination of your graduate assistantship. 

The Graduate Assistant Training course is administered through ASU Career Edge, (ASUrite ID and password required). All TAs will automatically be assigned the Graduate Assistant Training (RA/TA) course which contains links to all of the trainings. Please visit career-edge.asu.edu and look in the “My Training” section for this course.

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Trainings 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 may be required again 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.

Currently, TA Orientation takes place in August. Graduate assistants beginning their assistantships in the spring are encouraged to complete the Graduate Assistant Training developmental experience and mandatory training modules through ASU Career Edge (see below) and register for Orientation the following fall.

Dates for Fall 2020 TA Orientation will be posted in the spring.

Developmental Experiences

In addition to the seven trainings required for all student-facing personnel, all new TAs are required to 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 Trainings 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.

The trainings are a combination of ASU required trainings as well as Graduate College trainings. Failure to complete the required trainings could result in the termination of your graduate assistantship.

To begin a training, click the Required Training link below to view the Training Details and launch course. If the training is already complete, it will display "You have already completed this training". As you complete each training, utilize this tracking page to verify completion of the training.

Trainings you previously completed may be required again.