Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Applicants for admission to the three programs in English--Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), and Master of Fine Arts (MFA)--may apply for a departmental Teaching Assistantship. 

In the MA English and MS Technical Communication programs, we are able to offer assistantships to approximately one third of applicants. Assistantships are awarded upon admission and are only available for full-time students who begin their graduate work in the fall semester. To be considered for an assistantship, you must apply by the Feb.1 deadline.

In the MFA Creative Writing program, all admitted students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher are offered assistantships. To be considered for an assistantship, you must apply by the Feb.1 deadline. 

English Department TAs receive full tuition coverage along with health insurance and a modest annual stipend intended to help defray living expenses. Although tuition is paid in full, the arrangement does not cover university fees and other living expenses.  

Graduate Student Estimated Cost of Attendance

Teaching Assignments

Teaching assignments are based on departmental need. Most TAs in the MA and MFA programs will prepare to teach composition in the First-Year Writing Program (ENG 101).  A smaller number of teaching appointments are available in creative writing, professional writing, the writing center, linguistics, and film studies. Follow the links below for descriptions of Teaching Assistantships in these programs:

First-Year Writing Program
Undergraduate Creative Writing
Undergraduate Professional Writing
Graduate/Undergraduate Writing Center
Linguistics Program
Film Studies Program

University and Department Definitions and Expectations

Teaching Assistantships at NCSU are defined by the Graduate School as one-half-time appointments. The workload in English thus averages about 20 hours per week. Depending on teaching assignment, this workload may be somewhat lighter in the first year, when TAs are beginning their training and assisting other instructors, and heavier in the second year, when they may be teaching classes of their own.

In the first year, TAs must earn 18 graduate credit hours in English to be eligible to teach their own ENG classes in the second year. (This requirement does not pertain to TAs who will not be teaching their own courses.)

Reappointment to a second year of an assistantship requires successful progress toward the degree as measured by maintaining a 3.0 or higher GPA, the completion before the fall of the second year of 18 hours of credit in courses carrying letter grades, and the recommendation of those who have taught and supervised the TA during the initial year.

If you have been awarded a Teaching Assistantship, see this page for details about your first year: Essential Information for Teaching Assistants‚Äč