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Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships are appointed each term to a select number of graduate students who are excelling in The Design School.

All interested applicants can only apply online for a teaching assistantship position through this portal. The online application for the 2018-2019 academic year will be available from January 15, 2018 to May 15, 2018 at midnight.

It is important to note that all international teaching or graduate assistants whose primary language is not English are required to be certified in their English language abilities and will be required to submit a SPEAK test score, which is administered at ASU. For this group, no Personnel Action form (PAF) will be signed until this examination has been successfully completed.

The International Teaching Assistant Program (ITA) will certify all international teaching assistants (TAs) who take the SPEAK test. International students whose primary language is other than English will not be permitted to serve as TAs unless they have an ASU Global Launch certification. Information about the ASU Global Launch certification can be found here. You are encouraged to take the SPEAK test before the semester starts as you will need to have this certification in order to receive a TA appointment.

  • The TSE is administered by TOEFL/TSE Services, (PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, USA) and can be taken in your home country (or U.S.). Ask to have the score sent directly to The Design School or designgrad@asu.edu.
  • The SPEAK test is the local version of the TSE, authorized by Educational Testing Services (ETS) and administered on campus through Global Launch at ASU. It is an oral proficiency exam.

International students whose primary language is NOT English will not be permitted to serve as TAs unless they have attained English language certification in one of four ways:

  •  a score of 26 or higher on the speaking portion of the TOEFL iBT
  •  a score of 55 or higher on the SPEAK test (given on the Tempe campus by Global Launch)
  •  successful completion of the ITA Teacher Training Course offered by Global Launch each semester
  • a score of 8 on the speaking portion of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test

Information about ASU Global Launch English language certification can be found online at http://learnenglish.asu.edu/international-teaching-assistant

The Design School Teaching Assistantships are not available to students who are in the first year of the 3+ MArch, 3+ MIA, 3+ MID, 3+ MLA, and 3+ MVCD programs. 3+ students who are excelling in the program are eligible for Teaching Assistantships beginning in their second academic year of the program.

Every effort will be made to rotate teaching assistantships each semester to afford an opportunity to those students who are excelling in the program. However, teaching assistantships are not guaranteed. Current or prospective students should not depend upon receiving a teaching assistantship to finance the cost of tuition and fees.

Students who are assigned teaching assistantships will usually maintain a 3.5 or higher grade point average (GPA). Students who fall below a 3.0 GPA in any term may be removed from their appointment.

Additional financial aid information can be found on the ASU Graduate Education website or through the Financial Aid office. 

Tuition Remission

Information regarding the tuition remission that is included with a TA position can be found in the TA/RA Policy and Procedures Handbook.