2015-2016 TA Position in the Elementary Teacher Education Program (ELTEP)

Application deadline:   May 4, 2015

Position Overview

The University of Washington hires doctoral students to serve as teaching assistants and coaches for the Elementary Teacher Education Program (ELTEP). The primary responsibility of individuals in this position involves supporting teacher candidates as they develop professional and practice-based understandings skills, expertise, prepared to be a culturally responsive elementary school-aged teacher.

Primary Responsibilities

General Expectations for Coach/TA Hours:

These are parameters that assume a Coaching Load of 6 +/- TCs.

Rough Hourly Parameters:

  • Fall: TA 12-15 hrs. in ELTEP courses and 5-8 in the field
  • Winter: 10 and 10 courses/field
  • Spring: 20 in the field

TA Responsibilities

During Fall and Winter quarters, the TA supports the planning, instruction, and assessment of assigned course(s). This involves working with the course instructor to determine specific tasks.

Coaching Responsibilities

Throughout the school year, coaches support the candidates’ learning as they prepare to enter the teaching profession. The goal is to not only ensure candidates are able to successfully plan, implement, and assess lessons, but also to ensure candidates integrate and implement learning from courses, their placement school, and the communities their placement school serves.

The key responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following.

  • Conduct both formal and informal observations aimed at:
    • Ensuring candidates and cooperating teachers are able to implement the co-teaching model.
    • Helping candidates understand their development along a continuum of learning,
    • Scaffolding and supporting candidates as they gain expertise in the learning cycle, continually deepening their understanding of successful planning, implementing, and assessing lessons.
    • Helping candidates integrate and implement learning from courses, school placements, and communities.
    • Communicating program expectations and responsibilities as they evolve each quarter.
    • Assist candidates in thinking through workload management, development as a professional educator and the work/life balance both as a graduate student and a novice teacher.
  • Collaborate with cooperating teachers and teacher candidates.
  • Communicate program expectations and seek feedback from cooperating teacher regarding how UW work is supporting candidate growth and learning for students.


The basic requirements for this position are:

Must be registered for a minimum of 10 credit hours per quarter.

  • At least three years successful experience teaching at the elementary level in culturally, linguistically, and poverty impacted schools.
  • Commitment and interest in the preparation of beginning teachers and teacher education.
  • Commitment to developing as a coach and teacher educator from an “equity” and “inquiry” orientation.
  • Ability to closely collaborate, listen, and communicate proactively with a diverse population of faculty, staff and administration at UW and in partner schools.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity and ability to use computer software (e.g., EdThena, email, word, course management tools such as Canvas, Google Drive and Calendar).
  • Time Management and organizational skills: this position will require you to juggle competing demands in multiple settings.
  • Weekly participation in ELTEP coach Professional Learning Community (PLC).
  • Participation in quarterly ELTEP program-wide meetings.
  • Representing the TAs/Coaches at other gatherings of ELTEP constituents, and supporting special events the program hosts to support TC and CT development (e.g., Pizza & Pairs).
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Currently registered UW doctoral student in good standing and eligibility to hold a Graduate Research Assistantship.
  • Write letters of recommendation for TCs at the end of the year

How to Apply

Please send letter of interest that highlights your specific areas of interest and expertise in elementary teacher education including content taught in elementary schools, as well as socio-cultural foundation and CV to:

Office of Teacher Education
211 Miller Hall, Box 353600
Seattle WA 98195-3600

Application inquiries may be made to:  Same as above.