Graduate Teaching Assistantship

MCLL offers up to 9 Graduate Teaching Assistantship appointments in Spanish. The Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) are responsible for teaching three beginning level Spanish courses per academic year (direct instruction). The two-semester stipend is no less than $9,000, and full-time GTAs are eligible for up to a 100% tuition waiver. Non-native speakers of English must attain a minimum score of 23 on the speaking portion of the iBT.

The benefits that come with this position include:

  • A 10% discount on books purchased from the Campus Bookstore;
  • Coverage by the Worker’s Compensation Act;
  • A discounted rate on state health insurance for full-time GTAs (health insurance is mandatory for international students);
  • 100% tuition waiver.


Graduate students admitted to a degree in either full standing or conditional status are eligible for graduate assistantship positions. MCLL gives preference to MA candidates in Spanish. However, graduate students in another program may apply for a teaching appointment in Spanish if they fit at least one of the following criteria:

- Are native Spanish speakers;
- Have completed an undergraduate major in Spanish;
- Have completed an undergraduate minor in Spanish;
- Their oral and written proficiency in Spanish is not lower than the Intermediate High level according to the ACTFL guidelines.

Application for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Students wishing to be considered for assistantships must submit the following material directly to the Spanish Graduate Coordinator:

- A completed form of application for Graduate Assistantship or Fellowship;
- A 1-2 page essay, written in Spanish, on how the Assistantship will further your educational and professional goals;
- 3 letters of recommendation, under separate cover.


- April 1 (to start teaching Fall semester)
- November 1 (to start teaching Spring semester)

Applications received after these deadlines are considered at the discretion of the department.