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Eligibility Requirements for All Teaching or Graduate Assistantships

  1. The student must be admitted to a graduate degree program at UNC while maintaining good academic standing at UNC (at least a 3.0 grade point average) and not on academic probation.
  2. In order to be eligible for a tuition stipend, student must maintain full-time graduate status (enroll in 3-10 credit hours per semester) during the period of the appointment. Students enrolled for dissertation hours only will be allowed to hold an assistantship for a maximum of two (2) semesters provided they are enrolled for a minimum of (6) hours of dissertation each semester.
  3. Test of Spoken English (TSE) scores for International Teaching Assistants: International applicants for teaching assistantships at UNC who are not native speakers of English must submit Test of Spoken English (TSE) test scores of at least 50, in order to be University of Northern Colorado, Graduate School 5 considered for teaching assistantships. This score indicates that the individual's communication in English is generally effective, as defined by the Educational Testing Services, which means that the communication task is performed completely, and the individual successfully uses compensatory strategies:
    • Functions generally are performed clearly and effectively
    • Generally appropriate response are given to audience/situation
    • Coherent, with some effective use of cohesive devices
    • Generally accurate pronunciation, grammar, fluency and vocabulary.
    Departments may establish a higher standard. Such standards should be communicated to the Graduate School and interested applicants. These standards apply only to "teaching" assistants and not to graduate assistants and graduate research assistants who do not have classroom teaching responsibilities.
  4. GA/TA/GRA appointments is based upon full-time employment using a 20 hour work week over 17 weeks (15 week semester plus 1 week each before and after class) as the standard. Summer is based on 13 weeks to include one week prior and one week after. Stipend is calculated based on minimum GA/TA/GRA stipends and by degree levels.
  5. Students may not hold a single appointment or combination of appointments exceeding 20 hours a week for any semester, as that moves the student from a student status and is contrary to the intent of assistantships.
  6. Instructional Responsibilities for Teaching Assistants: For the mutual benefit and protection of TA's and students, every teaching assistant is obligated to share with students early in the term the following:
    • Course objective
    • The general strategy, topics, subject matter, materials, and tasks to be employed to meet those objectives
    • A list of tentative deadlines for accomplishment of assigned tasks. Lead time commensurate with the task should be provided. The method, criteria and weight to be applied to each criterion in determining final grade
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