Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA) Program




Degree-seeking graduate student in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures/Spanish.

Teaching Associates must be currently enrolled in or admitted to the M.A. in Spanish graduate degree program. The successful applicant will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings.

The applicant must be a degree-seeking graduate student in the M.A. in Spanish program and must be enrolled in courses towards the completion of that graduate degree during the appointment period.

(1) Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish.

(2) Good academic standing at CSULA, i.e., at least a 3.0 GPA in Spanish M.A. courses.

(3) Spanish B.A. with a 3.5 GPA or above. If the applicant does not have a B.A. in Spanish or does not have a GPA of 3.5 in his or her B.A. and is found to be ineligible, he or she may reapply after taking at least three courses from his or her approved, official Spanish M.A. program with an average GPA of 3.5 or above. Prerequisite courses in Spanish approved by the MLL Department may count as one or more of these 3 courses.

(4) Commitment to completing a TA orientation workshop during the first weeks of employment. The Spanish program cannot guarantee the workshop will be offered every semester.


Successful candidates will teach Elementary Spanish and hold office hours accordingly.


Please submit: a letter of application, curriculum vita, GET print-out verifying enrollment in a program of graduate study in this department; three letters of recommendation*; an application for appointment as a graduate teaching associate in MLL/Spanish and the University’s Application for Academic Employment

Please click here to download a MLL/Spanish GTA application form (Word file).

Please click here to download the University's Application for Employment (pdf file).

*Two of the three recommendation letters must be written by faculty with whom applicant took either fourth-year college or graduate Spanish courses. Applicants who have taught Spanish in a high school may use letters from supervisors.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Reassignment as a GTA is contingent upon satisfactory instructional performance as measured by student evaluations, class visitation reports of the GTA supervisor done at appropriate time, department needs, et cetera.

If a student fails to maintain the eligibility requirements listed above, or withdraws from the University, his/her appointment will be terminated.

For further information, contact the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at (323) 343-4230 or write to:  Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, California State University, Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90032.