TA Resources

A Teaching Assistant (TA) is a graduate student appointed to assist a Course Supervisor with the instruction and evaluation of students in a course. A teaching assistant works under the guidance and supervision of the Course Supervisor who is responsible for setting the course objectives, content and method of instruction as well as final grades and grading practices of the course. 





McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)

If you are interested in working as a teaching assistant, please note that all positions are posted on and applied to through McGill's Career Planning Service (CaPS) website by the dates outlined below.

Positions are posted three times/year, by the following dates:

Important Dates and Deadlines

Semester Posted by Deadlines to Apply
Fall April 30 30 days after posting date
Winter October 15
Summer March 1

All applications are submitted online through the McGill CAPS website. You will need to provide the following documents:

  • TA Application Form (available on each posting)
  • Up-to-date CV

Course descriptions are available on the eCalendar.




All those hired as Teaching Assistants at McGill University are required to be a member of the Association of Graduate Students Employed at McGill (AGSEM) - McGill's Teaching Union. For further information information about membership and governance please visit the AGSEM website.

Please click on the following link for a copy of the TA Collective Agreement.


Forms and important dates for current TAs




AGSEM Union Membership Form (.pdf)

Complete and submit to DISE Office (Room 233, Education Building) upon acceptance of a Teaching Assistantship position.


TA Workload Form (fillable .pdf)

Complete with the Course Instructor and submit to the DISE Office approximately 2 weeks after the start of classes.


A mid-term evaluation is also required on the TA Workload form. Forms completed at the start of the semester will be redistributed to TAs for mid-term reviews with the Course Lecturers.

TA Final Evaluation Form (.pdf)

Complete at the end of the semester.

Please note that all of the forms above must be completed and signed by the instructor and teaching assistant before submitting.

Please bring the original copy of each form  to Diane Rabey, Program Administrator, Room 233, Education Building. 




What is the hourly rate for TAs?

Rates of Pay as of:

  • January 1st, 2017: $28.61 - Vacation pay (4%) and statutory holiday compensation included
  • January 1st, 2018: $29.33 -  Vacation pay (4%) and statutory holiday compensation included

For additional information, please see Article 17 - Rates of Pay of the Agsem collective agreement.

When will I be notified if I am offered a position?

Approximately 35 days from the application deadline.  Please note only selected applicants will be contacted. A notice will be sent to all selected applicants' McGill student email account (@mail.mcgill.ca).

Can I hold multiple Teaching Assistantships?

Yes. As long as the total combined hours for all TAships do not exceed 180 hours in one semester.

Will I have to attend the course lectures?

A majority of the positions will require attendance during classes. If you have been offered a teaching assistantship, please check with the instructor whether this will be a requirement, and if so, please verify that you are available during class hours before accepting a position.

Have additional questions? Feel free to contact diane.rabey [at] mcgill.ca (Diane Rabey), Program Administrator.