Center for Teaching and Learning

Registering for academic credit for the conference

GRDSCH 615A: TA/RA Preparation

To receive academic credit for preparation as TAs/RAs, graduate students can register for GRDSCH 615A: TA/RA Preparation. GRDSCH 615A is a hybrid course — in person at the conference and online during Autumn Quarter. The purpose of the course is to provide new TAs and RAs with post-conference support and opportunities to connect with other new TAs and RAs, to explore specific strategies that support their work as TAs and RAs, and to learn more about campus resources for TAs and RAs.

To receive credit, students must: (1) participate in a minimum of five sessions at the conference, and (2) successfully complete four interactive online assignments during Autumn Quarter.

What are the advantages of taking the conference for academic credit?

Registering for GRDSCH 615A is one way students can formalize and document their efforts at professional development related to teaching, learning and research.  This one-credit course offers an opportunity for students to reflect on their own interests and needs in regards to their development as TAs/RAs and to connect to resources on campus and beyond to support this development.

Do departments recommend that students register for academic credit for the conference?

Most departments will notify students if they recommend or require that students register for academic credit for the conference. Some departments may recommend or require that students attend specific workshops in the conference (whether they register for academic credit or not). Graduate students who are unsure of their departments’ expectations are encouraged to check with their Graduate Program Advisor.

What is required for GRDSCH 615A?

In addition to attending a minimum of five sessions at the conference, to earn credit for GRDSCH 615A, students will successfully complete four interactive online assignments during Autumn Quarter. The assignments are designed to be completed by November 30th and are submitted online through the Canvas course website. Grading for the course is on a CR/NC (credit/no credit) basis.

Will registering for an additional credit increase a student’s tuition bill?

Adding an additional credit may or may not increase a student’s tuition bill, depending on a number of factors: e.g. (1) how many credits the student is taking Autumn Quarter, (2) whether the student is enrolled full-time or part-time, and (3) the student’s tuition category.  The Office of Planning & Budgeting’s online tool can be used to calculate what an additional credit will cost for students in state-subsidized tuition categories: Quarterly Tuition and Fees.  Students in self-sustaining, fee-based programs administered by Professional & Continuing Education should consult their program.

How do students register for GRDSCH 615A?

Students can register for GRDSCH 615A (SLN 15360) as they would any other course.  The course listing can be found in the Time Schedule under Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs: Graduate School.  Note that students must register separately for the TA/RA Conference.  See TA/RA Conference Registration.



For questions regarding getting academic credit for the conference, please email or call the Center for Teaching and Learning at 206-543-6588.