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The Mathematics Department's TA Accreditation Program (TAAP) is a professional development opportunity available to graduate students in the Mathematics Department. The TAAP was started by and for graduate students in the department. The faculty advisor is Fok-Shuen Leung.

program requirements

In order to receive accrediation, you must complete MATH 599, the TAAP mini-course, and an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW).

MATH 599 is a course on mathematics teaching and pedagogy. It is a required course for graduate students wishing to teach in the Mathematics Department. Typically, MATH 599 is offered each September.

The TAAP mini-course is a program designed by graduate students to follow MATH 599. It offers participants the opportunity to learn more about teaching mathematics, experiment with their teaching techniques, and build up their teaching portfolio.

Instructional Skills Workshops are highly interactive, peer-based, 3.5-day programs. They are an internationally recognized credential. General ISWs are offered through UBC's Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT). In the Mathematics Department, ISWs adapted for — and facilitated by — mathematicians are also offered.

accreditation benefits

There are three major benefits to Accreditation.

First, the TAAP will introduce you to a community of like-minded students and faculty.

Second, your teaching portfolio will form a crucial part of your application for employment beyond graduate school. Accreditation means that the Department officially recognizes your willingness to achieve a level of professional development well beyond what is required. In appreciation, you will receive a certificate signed by the Department Head.

Third, you will be eligible to receive a TA Award worth $300. Multiple TA Awards are available each year. Completion of the TAAP is the sole eligibility requirement.

how to sign up

To sign up for the TAAP, simply contact the TAAP faculty advisor, Fok-Shuen Leung.


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