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Teaching Associate Program

Positions are available on semester-to-semester basis to teach English 5A/5B and English 10. TAs in the MFA program who are in good standing are selected to teach undergraduate courses in English 41, 43, or 44.


How many candidates are given a teaching associateship?

The number of TA’ships are given based on the number of qualified applications, not by quantity of incoming MFA or MA candidates.

What is the criteria for selecting people for teaching?

Minimum Qualifications: A candidate for the position of teaching associate in the Department of English must meet the following minimum qualifications: *Students must have courses in, knowledge of, and experience with literacy learning and the writing process. *Must be a student fully admitted to the MA or MFA Program in the Department of English, in good academic standing, and be enrolled in at least 6-units for the semester or in two courses toward the degree. *If the T.A. is not a new student, s/he must demonstrate satisfactory progress towards the degree. *Candidates should also have the ability to relate well with others within the academic environment and have the ability or potential to learn how to instruct and evaluate students

Desirable Qualifications: The Hiring Committee also looks favorably upon applicants who have successfully completed courses in teacher preparation (English 270), history of the English language, grammar, linguistics, creative writing form and theory courses (English 241, 243, 245) or teaching English as a second language.  Such courses might include English 175T (Tutoring Methods), English 131 (Literacy Studies), CI 161 (Methods and Materials in Secondary Teaching), Linguistics 140 (Practical English Grammar for Teachers), and Linguistics 237 (Teaching Basic Written English).  Writing, tutoring or teaching experience preferred but not required.

What is the ball-park figure a TA makes?

Although the formula is technical in data, the beginning salary range for TAs (1) teaching 3-units is approximately $436 per/month, or $2,600 per semester; (2) teaching 6-units (maximum units a TA can teach in a semester) is approximately $870 per/month, or $5,200 per semester. The exact amounts are provided on the TA contract.

How often does the TA get paid?

Pay is once a month based on the payroll schedule, normally the last day of the month.

Does the teaching associateship come with a tuition waiver and/or health coverage?

TAs who fill out a FAFSA and who are NOT eligible for State University Grants are eligible to receive a partial tuition waiver. The exact amount depends each year on the budget and number of TAs – and will be communicated to TAs through their contract – but is about $1,000 per semester at this time.

There is no health coverage in connection with the TA’ship. Students may receive health care from the Health Center. Students pay into this with admissions fee.

I am a from another department. Can I apply to teach writing in the English department?

Unfortunately, the California State University is very clear that students can only be assigned a TA position in the department in which they are seeking their degree.

If possible, I would like to start the application process.  Is there an online application?

Please see the job announcement in eRecruit for more information about how to apply.

The Bargaining Unit 11 represents the classifications of Teaching Associates, Graduate Assistants and Student Instructional Assistants.

For more information on the Student Employee Bargaining Unit, click here