GTAP Orientation Information
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We hope that this website will provide you with support as you take on the challenges of serving as a Graduate Assistant at the George Washington University.

GW’s Graduate Teaching Assistantship Program (GTAP) has the central aim of helping you succeed as a GA and, in the process, contribute positively not only to the education of the GW students you serve but to your own. Through the GA orientation, Online GTA Certification course, and now this website, we attempt to provide you with the information and inspiration you need to thrive as a teaching assistant.

Our best wishes for an enjoyable and enriching experience on the front line of education at GW.

Geri Rypkema

Assistant Provost, Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships



The Fall 2019 Graduate Teaching Assistant Program (GTAP), includes an online orientation and is required for all first-time graduate assistants at GW.

If you do not successfully complete all necessary components of the Orientation, your salary and/or stipend check may be withheld.

During the semester, you will also be required to complete the one-credit Graduate Teaching Assistant Certification Course. The Office of Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships will register you for this no-fee online course.

Oral English Proficiency Screening

If you are a non-native English-speaking GA, you must also participate in an Oral English Proficiency Screening with a clinician in the Speech and Hearing Clinic. If you are required to have an interview, your appointment notification will be with your registration materials.

Employment Eligibility as a GA:

You will also be asked to complete an Employment Eligibility Verification form, required by the Federal government for all new employees. If you have not previously been employed at GW, you must complete read over and complete the
I-9  process

Background Check:

A background check is required for all graduate students who are GAs for the first time. Details on the background check will be included in your Welcome Letter.

Instructional Presentation (IP):

A five minute presentation in your area of study. Your department will be in touch to set up your IP. Click here for more information.


If you have any questions about the GTAP Orientation, please contact Eileen Lavelle, Assistant Director, at or 202-994-6822. Also check some frequently asked questions (FAQs) here.

We look forward to assisting you in realizing the full potential of your Graduate Assistantship at the George Washington University!