Center for Teaching and Learning

GRDSCH 501: TA Preparation

TAs who attend three or more TA Program workshops can earn academic credit by completing GRDSCH 501: TA Preparation.

GRDSCH 501: TA Preparation is an online course — participate in the TA Program (Sept. 16 & 17) and online during autumn quarter. The purpose of the course is to provide new TAs with post-program support and opportunities to:

  • Connect with other new TAs
  • Explore specific teaching and learning strategies
  • Learn more about teaching resources at the UW

To receive credit for the TA Program, students must:

  1. Participate in a minimum of three workshops at the TA Program.
  2. Successfully complete five GRDSCH 501 interactive online assignments during autumn quarter.

GRDSCH 501 assignments are designed to be completed by November 30 and are submitted online through the Canvas course website. Grading is on a credit/no credit basis.

What are the advantages of taking GRDSCH 501?

Completing GRDSCH 501 is one way you can formalize and document your efforts at professional development related to teaching and learning. This one-credit course offers an opportunity to reflect on your interests and needs in regards to your development as a TA, and to connect to resources on campus and beyond to support this development.

Is GRDSCH 501 required?

Some departments may recommend or require their graduate students to register for GRDSCH 501 in conjunction with the TA Program. If you are unsure of your department’s expectations, we encourage you to check with your graduate program advisor.

Will registering for an additional credit increase my tuition bill?

Adding an additional credit may or may not increase your tuition bill, depending on several factors: e.g. (1) how many credits you are taking autumn quarter, (2) whether you are enrolled full-time or part-time, and (3) your tuition category.

We recommend you check with your program regarding additional tuition costs.

How do students register for GRDSCH 501?

There are two steps to registering:

  1. Register for GRDSCH 501 TA Preparation as you would any other UW course. See the autumn quarter UW Time Schedule for course details.
  2. You must also register for the TA Program using the event registration site.


For questions regarding GRDSCH 501 and the TA Program, please email