Graduate Assistantships (GAs) in Teaching for Master's Students
The terms of a graduate assistantship in teaching for the master’s student in Composition/Rhetoric, Creative Writing, and Literature are that you would assume, for two semesters, half–time duties teaching first–year writing courses (ENG 111) and enroll in a half–time program of courses leading to the master’s degree.
In addition to the requirements listed for the various degrees offered by the department, ENG 731 (The Theory and Practice of Teaching College Composition) is required for Graduate Assistants and Teaching Associates teaching in the College Composition program.
For the 2023-24 year, the stipend for a GA is $17,481. The teaching load for GAs in their first year is normally two sections in the second semester, unless prior classroom experience enables them to teach one course each semester. Course enrollment is expected to be for nine graduate hours each semester. Graduate Assistantships are ordinarily renewable for a total service period of up to two years; second-year GAs teach three courses during the academic year. Continuation of a teaching appointment is at all times contingent upon maintaining a satisfactory academic record and observing good teaching practices.
All graduate assistantships carry a stipend as well as a waiver of the instructional and out–of–state fees. A reduced General Fee, however, must be paid at each registration, including summer terms.
Although doctoral students typically have a greater range of teaching opportunities than master’s students, students in each program can request to teach advanced writing courses in their fields. For example, upon completing a creative-writing teaching practicum during their second semester of study, MFA students holding GAs are eligible to teach English 226, the introductory undergraduate creative writing course, in their second year in the program. Similarly, literature and composition & rhetoric MA students may be selected to teach English 225, Advanced Composition, during their second year.