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TA Eligibility

ACADEMIC STANDING
When appointed, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.00. You must be a registered, full-time student in good standing throughout the period of your appointment. Failure to maintain a full-time registration or GPA of 3.00 or above will result in the termination of your appointment. To maintain TA eligibility, you are required to take at least eight upper division or graduate units per quarter during the time of your appointment. For more information, consult the Graduate Division Announcement or your department chair.

PROBLEMS
If you have problems connected with your appointment, contact the instructor in charge of the course, the department chairperson, the Dean of the Graduate Division, or the Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs (in that order). TAs will also want to consult the union contract between the Regents of the University of California and the Association of Student employees, International Union, United Automobile, Areospace and Agricultural Implelment Workers of America (UAW), AFL-CIO).

TA ELIGIBILITY FOR NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS*
Non-native English speakers admitted to UCSB are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as part of admissions. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 is required by the University. Individual departments may require a higher score.
Non-native English speakers must take the locally administered English Language Placement Examination (ELPE) prior to their first quarter of enrollment. All prospective TAs for whom English is not the native language must meet minimum proficiency requirements in spoken English before they can be certified to have sole teaching responsibilities for undergraduate classes.

TA language evaluations of English speaking proficiency are conducted jointly by representatives of the ESL Program and Graduate Division and a faculty member from the academic department of the prospective TA. If the student does not pass the evaluation, s/he cannot be certified for sole classroom teaching responsibilities. In addition, the student will be required to take ESL courses to improve oral proficiency. The student must enroll in ESL classes and demonstrate sufficient progress in order to be eligible for reevaluation. These standards are necessary to ensure quality undergraduate instruction at UCSB. The required level of speaking proficiency expected of a TA is higher than what may be expected of person in everyday conversation and is meant to ensure effective communication of subject matter.

If a TAship has been offered to an international graduate student who fails the TA language evaluation, it will not be withdrawn. Rather, the student will be given different responsibilities (e.g. grading papers) that do not involve sole responsibility for teaching undergraduates.

*Information taken from Graduate Advisors's Handbook. Graduate Division. University of California, Santa Barbara.

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