TA Support at Michigan State University


Michigan State University is committed to partnering with graduate programs, faculty and the Graduate Employees Union to provide a wide variety of professional development experiences in support of all MSU teaching assistants (TAs). This effort is particularly crucial because it is the teaching assistants at Michigan State that often provide undergraduate students with their first exposure to core courses in a wide variety of disciplines. As such, teaching assistants play a crucial role in Michigan State University’s efforts to ensure academic success among the institution’s undergraduate population.

The Graduate School sponsors university-wide workshops and institutes for Teaching Assistants. Please contact Dr. Melissa McDaniels about any of these programs:

  • New TA Institute
  • International TA Orientation
  • Quick Start for Teaching


The Graduate School and the English Language Center collaborate to provide Oral Proficiency Testing and English Language Instruction for international graduate students (whose native language is not English) seeking TA appointments. For more information about testing and meeting the minimum standard of proficiency in spoken English for TAs, please see MSU Policy Affecting International Teaching Assistants. For more information about the International Teaching Assistant Program and support courses, please see the ITA Program website or contact Alissa Cohen or Laura Ramm, ITA Program Coordinators, at ITAprogram@elc.msu.edu.