College of Education Graduate Assistant Application - College of Education Academic Success Center (ASC)

Graduate assistantships are opportunities for qualified students to work closely with faculty members, to support on-going research efforts and to engage in on-going conversations regarding educational issues and research with faculty and other student colleagues. You must apply separately to each department/program you are interested in working with. Graduate Assistant applicants are interviewed and appointed directly by each individual hiring area in the College of Education. Applicants are typically contacted for follow up mid May-mid June. Official offers extended in August.

The goal of the ASC specific graduate assistantship is to help Education students pass content area tests required for teacher licensure as well as to work with students who struggle academically in the College of Education. There are two part time (18hrs/week for 11 weeks) positions: a math/science specialist, and a reading/language arts/writing specialist.
1. The math/science specialist helps prepare students for the math and science portions of the Elementary and Special Education content exams, offer individual tutoring in math and science for Education courses and Illinois content exams, including the Secondary Math exam. They also assist Secondary Math students who have difficulty with EdTPA.
2. The Reading/ Language Arts and Writing specialist provides workshops and offers individual tutoring for students struggling in their coursework as well as students having difficulty passing content exams or the EdTPA. In addition, they meet weekly with some students to help them develop the executive functioning skills need to be academically successful. They help students with lessons plans and serve as a writing tutor to English Language Learners (ELL) helping correct common English mistakes made by non-native speakers.
3. Graduate assistants are required to attend bi-weekly staff meetings and weekly supervision meetings with the director. The graduate student must be flexible in terms of working evenings and Saturdays.

If you have general inquiries, not department or program specific, please contact: Nicole Nudo at
If you have Academic Success Center specific questions, please contact Nora Murphy at

Supplemental Questions
  1. What courses have you taken that can make you an asset as a graduate assistant? (Please list course titles, date or quarter/semester taken, final grade and institution)
  2. Please list any computer experience you have, e.g., PC/Macs, software, hardware, networking, etc.
  3. What work experience, internships, etc., do you have that would make you an asset as a graduate assistant?
  4. General Research Projects
    • If you have ever worked on a research project(s), list the title(s), briefly explain the nature of the project(s) and what you were responsible for toward its completion.
    • Include a copy, if desired.
    • Project #2
    • Project #3
    • Project #4
    • Project #5
    • Project #6
  5. Briefly describe your professional plans for the future and what you hope to gain by earning a master's degree and by being a graduate assistant.
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