ITA Clearance Process

What Is The International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP)?

In order to receive a tuition benefit for a TA position, ITA Clearance is required for any graduate student whose native language is other than North American English. The candidate must meet two requirements: An adequate level of spoken English proficiency, and completion of ITA training.

ITAP Dates For Summer 2014

April, 2014: Currently matriculated students screened for spoken English proficiency.

July & August 2014: Incoming candidates for ITA Clearance (new admissions) who do not have the required spoken English score will be given the opportunity for a second evaluation via the SEE (Spoken English Evaluation). These students should arrive by August 8 to settle in and must be available for testing beginning August 11.

Tuesday & Wednesday, August 19 & 20, 2014 12:00pm to 5:30pm

ITA Training Part 1: ITA Survival Skills

Fall Semester 2014

ITA Training Part 2: Course evaluations, activities, seminars, etc.

ITA Training will be available during Fall Semester only for students who:

a)   have the required spoken English proficiency scores, and

b)   have a reason beyond their control which prohibits them from arrival in time for the August 19 & 20 event, i.e. I-20 delays, visa problems, etc. Documentation from the department will be required.


Registration is done by the student’s home department or program. Interested students should contact the coordinator in their home department and the ITAP Manager via email. If in doubt as to who your department contact is, write an email to the ITAP Manager.

Spoken English Proficiency

The Speaking score of the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) is used for pre-screening. Students with 25-30 on the iBT speaking score or 7 Band on the IELTS speaking section gain ITA Clearance automatically once they successfully complete ITA Training.

Students a) whose speaking score is below the requirement or b) who do not have an iBT or IELTS score are given the opportunity for additional screening through the ITAP.

ITAP Flow Chart


Graduate-Level Spoken English Classes

Multiple sections of graduate-level ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) classes are offered during Fall and Spring semesters. The classes that are coordinated by the ITAP focus on spoken English skills and ITA skills.

Some students will be required to attend as part of their route toward ITA Clearance, and have priority registration. Other international graduate students are welcome to register as space permits, and will be advised about other appropriate ESOL classes.

Oversight by the ITAP assures content appropriate to the needs of graduate students and with timing that accommodates their busy schedules.

Contact Information

Please don’t hesitate to contact Diane Cotsonas, ITAP Manager with any questions or concerns.