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Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

TA Qualification

A number of teaching associateships and graduate assistantships are available to graduate students who are enrolled in a master’s degree program and whose previous records show outstanding achievement in academic work, outstanding subject matter competence in their major field(s), and the special qualities necessary to perform the duties assigned.  Graduate Associate teaching positions are intended primarily to provide financial support to students who demonstrate promise as future scholars and teachers. 

Under the supervision of a full-time faculty member, Graduate Associates in Spanish acquire teaching experience through paid teaching experience by teaching classes in elementary Spanish at Fresno State. 

Eligibility for an initial appointment as a teaching associate or assistant in Spanish requires possession of a baccalaureate degree and admission to the master’s degree in Spanish, with at least Conditional Classified Graduate Standing.  Subsequent appointments require that students maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, and demonstrate satisfactory progress toward completion of their graduate degree.

Selection Criteria:

  • Must have successfully completed SPAN 201 (Teaching Spanish), or be enrolled in SPAN 201 during the first semester of the Teaching Associateship;
  • Past academic performance and future academic promise;
  • Ability to speak, read and write Spanish and English at advanced levels;
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently and in groups;
  • Ability and willingness to work with computer and Internet-based language teaching technology;
  • Enrollment in a minimum of six units of approved coursework for use toward the M.A. in Spanish (Note: In order to make satisfactory progress toward the M.A. degree, the student normally needs to take a minimum of nine units, or thee courses, of M.A. coursework per semester).

Reappointment Criteria:

  • Availability of necessary funds in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages & Literatures;
  • Satisfactory performance of all responsibilities carried out as T.A., including satisfactory student evaluations, satisfactory teaching observation reports, on-time production of testing materials for tests and quizzes common to all sections of the level of the course the T.A. is teaching, maintaining regular office hours and regular attendance at mandatory T.A. meetings.
  • High academic performance;
  • Satisfactory progress toward completion of the M.A. (not only in classes but on required M.A. exams as well; in other words, number of classes successfully completed, no Incomplete Grades, not putting off the taking of M.A. exams, etc.);
  • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in applicable coursework (See “Advancement to Candidacy” in the M.A. Spanish Handbook);
  • NOTE: Once TAs have completed 30 units of coursework, they are not eligible to continue as Graduate Associates (with the exception of the possibility of one extension to complete a culminating experience: comprehensive exam, thesis or project).