Students who enter into the program through ACCESS are required to serve as teaching assistants for two (2) quarters and complete a course in teaching principles and methods. One quarter of teaching and the methods course are usually completed during year 2 of study. The ACCESS program office maintains a Teaching Assistant course list and a sign-up list for teaching preferences. Note that students for whom English is not the native language must pass the TOP (Test of Oral Proficiency) Exam with a minimum score of 50 before they can be hired as a teaching assistant. A student scoring 45 may serve as a teaching assistant if concurrently enrolled in an English as a Second Language course specifically aimed at improving spoken communication (ESL 39A, 39B, 39C, 38 and 108). Additional information regarding teaching assignments is available from the ACCESS office in 171 Boyer Hall.
The CMP Graduate Program does not encourage teaching beyond 2 quarters, as this can significantly impede research progress and timely graduation.
Students who enter into the program through MSTP or STAR, are not required to serve as Teaching Assistants.