Graduate Assistant Training

Graduate Assistants are a vital part of the fabric of North Carolina A&T State University. The Graduate Assistant Training Program is intended to equip graduate assistants with essential information and skills required to effectively transition from student to paraprofessional. The Training Program also contributes to the training and orientation required of graduate assistants by the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities (SACS) and the University North Carolina System. 

Spring 2014 Graduate Assistant Training

The Graduate School is now using an online, self-guided system for Graduate Assistant Training.  In order to complete your training, you will use our Blackboard-based Graduate Assistant Training site to view a range of informative video presentations and handouts, and you will then take an online exam to demonstrate your command of the material.

Students who are assigned to a Graduate Assistantship (and who have not yet received training during a prior semester) will receive an e-mail from the Graduate School regarding access to the Training site and the deadline for completing the Training.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Graduate Assistant Training process, please contact either the Assistant Dean, Ayanna Boyd-Williams ( or the Interim Coordinator of Graduate Writing Services, Dr. Shea Bigsby (



How do I become a Graduate Assistant?

Graduate Assistants are chosen by the individual department or office.  A Graduate Assistant must be fully admitted to the graduate program devoting full time study toward his or her degree. A Graduate Assistant may not hold non-degree, special or probationary status.

All Graduate Assistants must sign a Graduate Assistant Contract (GAC) as a condition of employment. Graduate Assistants must be evaluated at least once a year. Each department is responsible for completing an evaluation form for its Graduate Assistants. The School of Graduate Studies offers two orientation and training sessions during the academic year to prepare Graduate Assistants for their roles and responsibilities.

What types of Graduate Assistantships are Available?

There are three types of graduate assistants:

Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA)

A Graduate Administrative Assistant's duties primarily involve assisting the University's administrative staff or that of a specific department with collecting, organizing and analyzing various administrative data. A GAA is most often involved in performing computer work, editing, recruiting and working on special projects.

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)

A Graduate Research Assistant is one who assumes research oriented responsibilities which involves library work, computer programming, analysis, field work, laboratory experiments, scientific investigations, or other endeavors. GRAs are normally employed by the principal investigator of a funded research project.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA)

A Graduate Teaching Assistant serves in an instructional role in a class or laboratory within a specific department at North Carolina A&T State University. GTAs may perform pedagogical functions, such as, preparing and grading tests, holding conferences, assigning course grades, or providing support for the faculty member in charge of the course. In all cases, the GTA works under the supervision of a faculty member.

International students applying for teaching assistantships must score a minimum of 550 on the TOEFL paper based test or 213 on the TOEFL computer based test. To qualify for a GA appointment, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Pursue a degree at North Carolina A&T State University
  • Register during the academic year for at least 9 credit hours
  • Maintain a 3.0 grade point average and make progress towards the graduate degree
  • Satisfy other requirements of the employment department