A limited number of tuition waivers are available to MA-TESL
and PhD in Applied Linguistics students who can demonstrate financial need.
Out-of-state students, including international students, can
apply for a waiver of the non-resident portion of their tuition.
If an out-of-state waiver is awarded, the student pays only
resident or in-state tuition rates. Students who are Arizona residents can
apply for an in-state tuition waiver.
Download the application.
Download graduate teaching assistantship application for English composition.
Graduate teaching assistantships are available for several
In general, first year MA-TESL and PhD students are eligible
to teach English composition, although positions in the Program in Intensive
English are sometimes available.
More advanced students are eligible to continue in those
positions or apply for other teaching or research opportunities.
In general, if performance in ENG 105 or PIE is satisfactory and progress toward completion of the degree is being made, students in the MA-TESL program receive two years of support and students in the PhD program receive four years or support.
Position overview: English Composition
If you’re awarded an assistantship, you’ll receive more than
financial support; you’ll also receive extensive training and experience in
teaching English composition at the college level and in working and consulting
in the writing center.
In return, you’ll bring your skills, background, and
perspective to the teaching of composition and to individual consulting
A graduate assistantship in English represents a
20-hour-per-week commitment. For first-year graduate assistants, this
typically involves the following each week:
- four classroom hours of teaching English 105
- six hours of regularly scheduled writing center
instruction, which involves individual tutoring (walk-in and English 100), the
preparation and presentation of cross-curricular writing workshops or other
- approximately six hours of preparation and
grading time (approximately six hours)
- at least three hours of scheduled office hours
- one-hour writing center practicum participation
in English 587
- three-credit hour participation in the English
601 teaching practicum (this course should be part of, not in addition to, the
nine-hour full-time enrollment required of all graduate assistants each
Before you teach
Prior to teaching, graduate assistants must also participate
in a three-week orientation prior to fall semester and a one week session
before spring semester.
After your first year
Experienced GTAs teach a second class, usually ENG 205, in
lieu of the working in the Writing Center/ENG 100.
Therefore, your first year you will teach ENG 105 and work
in the Writing Center/ENG 100. In subsequent years you will teach ENG 105
plus ENG 205 (six hours of teaching), or possibly another course, as assigned
by the University Writing Program.
Graduate assistantships are reviewed on an annual basis,
subject to acceptable and satisfactory performance of the duties listed above
and to reasonable progress towards the degree.