Undergraduate TA Positions -- Application Instructions

(see the TA Home Page for an overview and more information on CSE TA positions.)

TA Positions for CSE 142/143: New TAs for CSE 142 and 143 are selected through a separate process which includes a brief interview. An announcement with information on how to apply for winter quarter 142/143 TA positions will be made towards the end of winter quarter.  More information on CSE 142/143  TA positions and instructions on how to apply can be found here: http://courses.cs.washington.edu/courses/cse14x/ta/apply.php.

Application Instructions

*** COVID-19 Issues and Questions ***

As you know, *all* autumn quarter CSE courses (lectures, quiz, and lab sections) will be offered via remote learning but there *may* be a modest number of in-person activities held if conditions permit. Exact plans depend on public-health and university guidelines.

No TAs will be required to come to campus if they don’t want to, and many TA assignments will not require being in the Seattle area. But some TAs may wish to come to campus if possible, and some TA positions may have in-person responsibilities if campus is in “hybrid mode,” supplies/equipment needs to be physically interacted with, etc.

To come up with assignments that meet everyone’s needs, we have included several basic "in-the-time-of-COVID" questions at the bottom of the application page. Your answers will not make you more or less likely to be selected as a TA, but may affect what assignment you get or what responsibilities we assign to TAs. These effects are for everyone’s benefit.


  • Go to the TA application website and sign in with your UW NetID: https://ta.cs.washington.edu/apply/
  • You should now see a page with your "TA Candidate Dashboard".  Click the "Apply" button which will take you to the application page.
  • In the Basic information section, you should see your name displayed; For "TA type", make the appropriate selection.
  • In the Personal statement section, you may describe why you would like to be a TA and/or what outside experience you have. This is not required; rather the purpose is for you to provide any information you'd like instructors and/or the TA administrators to know when considering you for a TA position.  This information is particularly helpful if you are a non-CSE student or a first-time applicant.  Graduate students from other majors can also provide links to their CV or undergrad transcript information if available.  
  • In the Course category preferences section, indicate your general preferences for the various course areas. 
  • Finally, in the Individual course preferences section, you can indicate your TA preference rankings for individual courses.  Simply give whichever course you would prefer to be assigned to a higher ranking preference from 1 to 5 (with 5 being most preferred) and rank any other courses relative to that (or the same if you have an equal preference).  Also, if you are unable to TA for a course due to a schedule time conflict (i.e. you are unable to attend any of that course's lectures OR the weekly course staff meeting), please check the schedule conflict checkbox in the first column.
  • Click the Submit button and you're all done!

Additional Notes

  • We will assign applicants to TA a course only if they already have a solid command of the material to be taught in the course. In other words, only apply to TA for a class if you have taken the equivalent course or have comparable other experience. For a description of our courses, please see here.
  • A weekly TA training seminar is offered each quarter on Thursdays, 4:30-5:20 PM, for students who are selected to TA and who will be teaching for the first time. It is strongly recommended for any TA who has not participated previously, even if this is not your first time as a TA.



Pim Lustig
173 Gates Center


This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit: http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/jobs/apl/union-info.html

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