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SACS and the 18-hour rule
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits the University of Alabama. This organization closely monitors the quality and content of the programs of study offered and the qualifications and ability of faculty and teaching staff employed.

The 18-hour Rule

Graduate teaching assistants who have primary responsibility for teaching a course for credit and/or for assigning final grades for such a course must have earned at least 18 graduate coursework semester hours in their teaching discipline prior to their appointment, be under the direct supervision of a faculty member experienced in the teaching discipline, receive regular in-service training, and be evaluated regularly.

The above requirements do not apply to graduate teaching assistants engaged in assignments such as assisting in laboratory sessions, teaching physical education activities, attending or helping to prepare lectures, grading papers, keeping class records, conducting discussion groups, conducting tutorials, and holding student conferences.

All non-native speakers of English must successfully complete the University’s International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP) before they can hold a teaching assistantship of any type.

Students who have provisional language admission are NOT eligible to hold any type of teaching assistantship.

Coursework credit hours earned in a subject from a different institution may be included in the 18-hour total when they are relevant to the teaching field. Appropriate documentation such as transcripts is required.

Any queries concerning the SACS rules and their application should be addressed to the University’s Institutional Accreditation Officer, Dr. John Schmitt, and if in doubt about the qualifications of a student and whether or not the requirements are met, please refer to the Graduate School before making the appointment.

The appendices include flowcharts that should assist departments when appointing GAs to ensure that the 18-hour rule is satisfied.

SEE ALSO: SACS 18-Hour Rule Flowchart | Excel


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