Info for Teaching Assistants

If you are a student or post-doctoral fellow working as a teaching assistant for the first time and you are a member of CUPE 3902 Unit 1, you are eligible to receive 4 hours of paid job training from your hiring department. Typically these hours will be included in your distribution of hours outlined on the Description of Duties and Allocation of Hours (DDAH) form.

For subsequent appointments of 30 hours or more, you may request additional training of up to 4 hours for each appointment.  You must submit additional training requests to your hiring department and it is at the discretion of your hiring department to approve your requests.

As of January 1, 2018, first-contract TAs who are being asked to lead tutorials are required to receive training that focuses on preparation for 1 of 4 kinds of tutorial teaching: discussion-based teaching, skill development, review sessions, and laboratory teaching or teaching in practicals. They are also entitled to training in how to work with a large group of students. For returning TAs, if they have not received training that aligns with one of the 4 tutorial categories as part of their initial TA training, they are entitled to receive up to 4 additional hours of training in the appropriate category, and/or in large class teaching, as needed and as required by the hiring department/unit. Please visit our Tutorial Training Information page for more information.

Our office, the Teaching Assistants’ Training Program (TATP), is often contacted by departments to deliver the 4-hour training for first-time teaching assistants.  If your department does not have a specialized department-specific session, you can, at your department’s approval, attend 4-hours of training offered by our office.

The TATP recommends the following for First-Contract TAs

2-Hour Synchronous Training Sessions: topics covered include key instructional techniques, general online/remote teaching strategies, time management, communicating with students, effective student support, working with your Course Supervisor, etc. TAs must register prior to the session.

Humanities Social Sciences Sciences & Engineering
Mon., Sept. 7, 9 – 11 Mon., Sept. 7, 11 – 1 Mon., Sept. 7, 1 – 3
Tues., Sept. 8, 1 – 3 Tues., Sept. 8, 9 – 11 Tues., Sept. 8, 11 – 1
Wed., Sept. 9, 11 – 1 Wed., Sept. 9, 1 – 3 Wed., Sept. 9, 9 – 11
Thurs., Sept. 10, 10 – 12 Thurs., Sept. 10, 12 – 2 Thurs., Sept. 10, 2 – 4
Fri., Sept. 11, 2 – 4 Fri., Sept. 11, 10 – 12 Fri., Sept. 11, 12 – 2
Mon., Sept. 14, 12 – 2 Mon., Sept. 14, 2 – 4 Mon., Sept. 14, 10 – 12
Tues., Sept. 15, 11 – 1 Tues., Sept. 15, 1 – 3 Tues., Sept. 15, 3 – 5
Wed., Sept. 16, 3 – 5 Wed., Sept. 16, 10 – 1 Wed., Sept. 16, 1 – 3
Thurs., Sept. 17, 1 – 3 Thurs., Sept. 17, 3 – 5 Thurs., Sept. 17, 10 – 1
Fri., Sept. 15, 9 – 10 Fri., Sept. 15, 10 – 1 Fri., Sept. 15, 1 – 3

Registration coming soon.

All first time TAs should complete the Policies & Procedures for Teaching Assistants at the University of Toronto module.
1-Hour Asynchronous Online Modules:
 All online modules are available for self-enrolment in Quercus.

Departments should then direct TAs to complete one of the following online modules, based on the tutorial category selected:

Discussion Based Tutorials
Skill Development: Critical Reading and Reflection
Skill Development: Supporting Student Writing
Skill Development: Problem Sets (Link coming soon)
Review and Q&A (Link coming soon)

If TAs are grading only, they can complete the Grading module.
If TAs require further training on Quercus, they can complete the Introduction to Qurecus module.

Online Modules

The TATP online training modules can serve as 1-hour paid training for first contract Teaching Assistants at the University of Toronto (please see below for a more thorough list of requirements) or professional development.

To access the online modules, click on a link below and you will be directed to Quercus and asked to complete a pre-survey before starting the training.


  1. Confirmation from your hiring department that this is your first teaching contract/appointment at the University of Toronto and you are entitled to mandatory paid training.
  2. Confirmation from your hiring department that you can complete a specific TATP online training module as part of your mandatory paid training.
  3. Confirmation from your hiring department that you will get paid for completing a specific TATP training module in the time period determined by the hiring department.
  4. To complete the CUPE3902 Training Request Form and have approval (i.e., signed) from your course supervisor or departmental administrator.

Before launching the module, you will be asked to confirm all this information in an online pre-survey. It is your responsibility to confirm your hiring department’s rules and policies on mandatory paid training.

The Training Completion Form you receive at the end of this module will confirm your completion of 1 hour of training.

For more information on TATP’s online modules as paid training and professional development, please visit the FAQ for Teaching Assistants and FAQ for Administrators.

If for some reason you cannot attend a  training session designed specifically for first-time teaching assistants, you can attend our pedagogical workshops to get your 4 hours of training.  Our workshops are offered year-round and most workshops are 2 hours long, so you might need to attend 2 workshops to meet the 4-hour training requirement.

For a list of upcoming TATP pedagogical workshops, visit our ST. GEORGE, UTSC AND UTM workshop webpages.

If you have any questions, you can contact us at or 416-978-2242.