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.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships
Download a graduate teaching assistantship application for The Program in Intensive English (PIE)
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.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships are reviewed on an
annual basis and renewal is subject to satisfactory performance of the duties listed
above and to reasonable progress towards the degree.
Position overview: The Program in Intensive English (PIE)
Graduate students who
are awarded PIE assistantships receive more than financial support; they also
receive extensive training and experience in teaching English as a Second
Language (ESL) in an intensive English setting. In turn, graduate assistants
bring a variety of skills, backgrounds, and perspectives to the teaching of ESL.
A graduate teaching
assistantship (GTA) in the PIE represents a 20-hour-per-week commitment, which typically involves:
- teaching PIE
- collaboratively planning lessons,
- grading student work,
- participating in program meetings,
- and holding an office hour.
requirements during the first semester include:
- Participation in PIE English 601, a
three-credit-hour teaching practicum (This course should be part of, not in
addition to, the nine-hour full-time enrollment required of all graduate
assistants each semester.)
All PIE graduate teaching
assistants must also participate in:
- A two-week orientation prior to Fall
semester and a one-week preparation week before Spring semester.
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 teaching assistantship (GTA) in English Composition 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
Additional weekly requirements during the first semester include:
- 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 semester.)
Prior to teaching, all English Composition graduate assistants must also participate
- 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.