TA Training

The JHSPH Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has developed a training program to support current and future Teaching Assistants.  This includes those supporting both on-campus courses and online courses.

Program Overview

The program consists of three separate components. 
  1. The first is this website, which provides links to resources, frequently asked questions, educational tools, departmental information, and a listing of contacts where you can go to get further information.
  2. The second part of the training program is a self-paced, fully online short course, Teaching Assistantships 1: Essential Elements (TA1), which orients Teaching Assistants to the roles and responsibilities of their position, relevant policies and regulations, technical tools, teaching tips, and other important information. This short course is offered every term and must be completed within an academic year. Facilitators will be available to answer questions, but the course is specifically designed so that a student can complete activities at their convenience.  Students will be required to interact with others at the school (i.e. faculty, academic coordinators, other TA's) in order to complete the brief assignments.  

    TA1 Online Course Dates:

    March 21 - July 4, 2016
    July 1 - December 31, 2016
    January 1 - June 30, 2017    
    Register for TA1 here!

  3. The third part of the training program is Teaching Assistantships 2: Interactive Methods (TA2), a cohort-based practicum for those who have completed TA1: Essential Elements, in which TA's put their skills and knowledge into practice by facilitating discussions, resolving potential issues, brainstorming management techniques, and interacting with each other and their course facilitators.  This course is scheduled 2-3 times per academic year and runs for 3 weeks, with the first 2 weeks completed online, but requiring interaction with other students taking the course.  The third week will involve a face-to-face meeting at the School of Public Health.

    TA2 Dates:

    August 11 - September 7, 2016 (online)
    Final meeting
    face-to-face @SPH: September 7, 2016 9 - Noon

    January 9 - 27, 2017 (online)  
    Final meeting face-to-face @SPH: January 26, 2017    9 - Noon

  4. Registration link will be emailed to all who have completed TA1 in the past and will be available in the TA1 course. 

How to Enroll

To enroll, please use the TA Essentials Self-Enrollment Page.  You must complete the TA Essentials self-paced course before enrolling in the cohort-based TA Methods practicum.  


These courses are not offered for credit.  However, a certificate of completion will be provided for those who complete the online courses, and the assignments completed during those courses may be well suited to be part of a teaching portfolio for those who intend to pursue a teaching career.  

If you have further questions, please contact CTL.

Subpages (1): TA Training Overview