Qualify as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or Associate Instructor (AI)

TA/AI Language Proficiency Requirement

The Office of Graduate Studies requires all graduate students, except those with an undergraduate degree from an institution where English is the sole language of instruction (according to the World Higher Education Database or the Office of Graduate Studies), to demonstrate oral English proficiency before they are appointed to Teaching Assistant (TA) or Associate Instructor (AI) positions. You can see the official policy here.

Oral proficiency in English must be demonstrated by meeting one or more of the following requirements:

  • Achieving a minimum score of 26 on the speaking subset of the TOEFL iBT
  • Achieving a minimum score of 8 on the speaking subset of the IELTS
  • Achieving a “Pass” on the TOEP
  • Achieving a minimum score of 50 on the SPEAK (The SPEAK is no longer offered on campus.)

Click here to open the TA Language Proficiency Requirement App to check your eligibility

 

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Students who are conditionally eligible to work as TAs and currently employed as TAs must participate in either Language & Culture Coaching (1+ tracks) and an ESL Course, or Language & Culture Coaching (2+ tracks), or an ESL Course.