Graduate Assistantships in the College of Education
Graduate assistantships are available for new and continuing students in the College of Education. Students may assist faculty with research projects, play a role in teaching college courses or provide other services to the college or university. Graduate assistantships vary from one-quarter time to one-half time (20 hours per week).
During 2011-2012, half-time assistantships carry a biweekly stipend ranging from $700 to $812, depending on prior experience and education levels. Half-time assistantships also include a waiver of the out-of-state portion of tuition, a waiver of nine credits of in-state tuition each fall and spring semester and five credits in the summer, and paid enrollment in the university's graduate student health insurance plan.
Some students may not be eligible to hold graduate assistantships. See restrictions on graduate assistantships and acceptable academic progress below.
Students interested in research assistantships should indicate their interest to faculty members whose work matches their interests and to graduate advisors or program coordinators that can suggest opportunities. There are often announcements on bulletin boards around campus. Resumes may also be sent directly to the directors of grant-funded research projects (see examples), with cover letters describing how the student’s interests, knowledge and experience fit within the scope of the project.
Many faculty members appreciate receiving resumes as introductions to new students. Employers may need to recruit quickly during the academic year, so having additional resumes on file is valuable.
Teaching assistantships at Michigan State University are governed by the Graduate Employees Union contract. Anyone seeking or holding a teaching assistantship should be familiar with the GEU and its contract with MSU.
For more information, visit the Current Teaching Assistantships and Application Forms page.
Restrictions on graduate assistantships and acceptable academic progressIn order to maximize the equitable distribution of available graduate assistantships and to accelerate academic progress, students will not be able to hold positions totaling more than half time (20 hours per week) or to hold positions beyond the fifth year in their doctoral program.
Department chairs and program coordinators should be certain that students and advisors understand programmatic expectations for acceptable academic progress. As a minimum, the Graduate School's policy that all degree requirements must be completed within eight years of program entry should be reaffirmed. The annual evaluations that all doctoral students undergo should provide chairs and coordinators with useful information about the academic status of students.
Who To Contact
- Department of Teacher Education: Linda Brandau 517-432-7705
- Department of Counseling Educational Psychology, and Special Education (CEPSE):
Joni Smith 517-432-4647
- Department of Educational Administration:
- Department of Kinesiology: Joann Janes 517-355-4736