Programs for Graduate Students

The Center for Engaged Teaching (CET) offers several programs for UC San Diego graduate students as described below.

As the CET grows, additional programs will be developed. Please contact us at if you have requests or ideas that should be considered.

Click here for a printable one-page overview. 

Writing Support

Writing Consultations Meet one-on-one with writing mentors for in-depth conversations, guidance, and reader-response feedback.

Dissertation Writers Retreats Enjoy distraction-free writing time with other grad students, plus mini-workshops and one-on-one feedback from writing staff.

Thesis/Dissertation Writing Groups Connect with fellow grad students to form supportive writing groups that are research-proven to aid in the timely completion of graduate writing projects.

Learn more by visiting the Writing Hub website, emailing, or visiting us on the lower level of Geisel Library.

Workshops on Teaching and Learning

Onsite Workshops

The Center for Engaged Teaching offers workshops on a variety of active and engaged teaching and learning topics open to faculty, postdocs, and graduate students throughout the academic year. Visit our events page for the current schedule. Contact if you would like to join us or have questions.

Online Workshops

In addition to workshops held on campus, we recommend participating in online courses offered through the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network.  A list of upcoming workshops, with registration information, is available here

Experienced TAs: Teaching + Learning at the College Level

Teaching + Learning at the College Level (previously titled "The College Classroom") is a non-credit bearing course aimed at experienced graduate student teaching assistants (TAs) who are interested in serving as instructor-of-record for a UC San Diego undergraduate course. It is offered in fall, winter, and spring quarters. Learn more. 

Experienced TAs: Summer Graduate Teaching Scholars (SGTS)

The Summer Graduate Teaching Scholars (SGTS) program provides excellent opportunities for advanced graduate students to obtain mentored teaching experience while serving as instructor of record for a UCSD undergraduate course during summer session. Each General Campus department or program is invited to nominate advanced graduate students to teach in summer session as participants in this professional development program.  Learn more.

TAs: English Language Testing and Classes

The ELP-ii (English Language Program for International Instructors) screens graduate students who have been proposed to work as teaching assistants (TAs) for English language speaking abilities in supportof the UC San Diego Graduate Division policy (in compliance with Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 41). The program also offers a language course to assist international students proposed as TAs in meeting that requirement. Learn more.

TAs and IAs: Course-Specific Active Learning Support

Explore the use of course-specific peer learning assistants to facilitate active learning and engagement in discussion or lab sections. Learn more by emailing

TAs and IAs: New TA Orientation

At this annual orientation, new TA's participate in presentations and discussions about how to be a successful TA, with opportunities to meet and hear from graduate students, faculty and staff from across campus who are ready to support new TAs as they face the challenges of helping students learn.

2017 orientation is scheduled for

Wednesday, September 27
Times - to be announced
Price Center West Ballroom

TAs and IAs: Resources for Your Undergraduate Students

Academic Skill-Building Workshops – Learn best practices for key academic skills, such as time management, test performance, reading comprehension, concentration/memory, effective note-taking, and stress reduction. Learn more by emailing

REAL Portal – Need undergraduate research assistants? Post job opportunities here. Contact  or for more information. 

Supplemental Instruction (SI) – Deepen learning & improve performance in challenging courses in peer-led collaborative learning sessions; SI sessions integrate how-to-learn with what-to-learn, fostering active student involvement. Learn more by contacting or visit the Supplemental Instruction webpages for more information.

Tutoring – Connect with one-on-one and small group tutoring in a variety of subject areas through the Triton Achievement Hub. Currently covering lower division math and chemistry courses. Learn more by emailing or visit our webpage.

Writing Skills Tutoring – Meet one-on-one with peer writing tutors for in-depth conversations, guidance, and reader-response feedback. Learn more by visiting the Writing Hub website or emailing