Teaching Assistant Resources

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Hello prospective and current Teaching Assistants! The following page is a helpful resource for Graduate Students interested in, or currently holding, a Teaching Assistant position in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, in the Faculty of Education.

What is a Teaching Assistant?

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.

Teaching Assistant Union

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 goverance please visit the AGSEM website.

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



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

Please note that ECP students will receive an email from our ECP Student Listserv notifying them when positions have been posted throughout the year. If you are an ECP Student, please check your @mail.mcgill.ca email for updates.

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

Positions held during Posted by Deadlines to Apply
Fall semesters April 30



30 days after posting date

Winter semesters October 15
Summer semesters March 1

All applications should be submitted online through the McGill Career Planning Service (CAPS) website. You will need to provide the following documents:

    • the completed ECP TA Application Form (available in each posting)
    • an up-to-date CV

    Course descriptions are available on the eCalendar.

    Forms and Important Dates

    For Current Teaching Assistants in ECP, please take note of the following deadlines:

    Form   Submission Dates

    AGSEM Union Membership Form - English (.pdf)

    AGSEM Union Membership Form - French (.pdf)

    Complete & submit to ECP Administration Office upon acceptance of a Teaching Assistantship position.

     To be submitted at the same time the contract is signed.

    TA Workload Form (fillable .pdf)

    Complete with the Course Instructor and submit to the ECP Administrative Office by the end of the drop/add period.

    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.

    Fall 2018 Semester DEADLINE is Monday, September 17, 2018 at 5:00PM

    Fall 2018 Mid-Term TA Workload form review deadline: Friday, October 26, 2018 at 5:00PM (Scans of the original TA Workload forms will be sent to the TA and Instructor for Mid-Term Review.)

    Winter 2019 Semester DEADLINE is Monday, January 14, 2019 at 5:00PM

    Winter 2019 Mid-Term TA Workload form review deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019 at 5:00PM (Scans of the original TA Workload forms will be sent  to the TA and Instructor for Mid-Term Review.)

    TA Final Evaluation Form (pdf) Complete at the end of the semester.

    Winter 2018 Semester DEADLINE is Friday, April 27, 2018 at 5:00PM

    Fall 2019 Semester DEADLINE is Friday, December 21, 2018 at 5:00PM

    Winter 2019 Semester DEADLINE is Friday, April 26, 2019 at 5:00PM

    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 the front desk of Room 614, Education Building.


    What is the hourly rate for TAs?

    Rates of Pay as of:

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

    Please note: The current collective agreement ends June 30, 2018 and the rate of pay will remain the same until a new collective agreement is signed. Updates can be found on the AGSEM website. 

    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 of offer 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 does not exceed 180 hours in one semester. The Department prefers to offer TAships to as many students as possible each semester. It is rare that one student would hold more than one position during one term.

    Will I have to attend the course lectures?

    A majority of the positions will require class attendance. 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.