Center for Teaching Excellence - Teaching Assistant Program (TA Program)

Teaching Assistant Program (TA Program)

About the Program:

The Teaching Assistant Program at Cerritos Community College prepares members of underrepresented groups to become community college instructors. The Program assumes that potential Teaching Assistants have expertise in the subject to be taught but need an opportunity to learn and to practice the teaching techniques that are appropriate for community college students. The Teaching Assistants will be assigned to work with a Cerritos College instructor in one class for the Fall  or Spring semester. Day, evening, and Saturday opportunities may be available.

While there is no compensation for teaching assistants or mentors, all TAs are afforded the opportunity to participate in professional development workshops that are offered through the Center for Teaching Exellence (CTX), free of charge. Please visit the CTX website for offerings:


Persons who are interested in a career as a community college instructor, have expertise in a subject area (either academic or vocational), and have not had paid professional teaching experience at the community college level are eligible. This includes:

  • Graduate students who have completed at least 50% of their program at an  accredited college or university;
  • Master's degree holders who have not had postgraduate teaching experience; and
  • Bachelor's degree holders with a minimum of two years of full-time occupational experience in a vocational/technical area.

Submission Requirements:

We are no longer accepting applications for Spring 2015. To enroll for Fall 2015, please submit any applications by Deadline August 1, 2015.


Interested persons must complete the preliminary application form and return it to:

CTX Office
Cerritos College
11110 Alondra Boulevard
Norwalk, CA 90650

If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTX) at (562) 860-2451 x7889.

Preliminary applications will be reviewed as received. Additional required documents include a letter of recommendation, current resume, copy of college transcripts, and all volunteer service forms.  Volunteer service forms may be obtained by contacting the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTX) at (562) 860-2451 x7889.   In addition, all applicants who are accepted must provide results of a current TB test and undergo fingerprinting (Live Scan). All applicants are responsible for paying fingerprinting (Live Scan) fees. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview. The criteria used in selecting potential teaching assistants includes academic preparation or occupational expertise in disciplines where ethnic minorities or women are traditionally underrepresented.

Review of Applications will begin on May 31st