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NOTICE: Graduate Teaching Orientation (GTO) is required of all students assuming a teaching role; historically, there were two teaching orientations, including ONITA, which was specifically focused on international teaching assistants.

GTO takes place during the week prior to the start of any regular semester. The orientation is required for all new international graduate students before the first semester of teaching or assisting with teaching at MU, unless they have completed any postsecondary degrees in the United States prior to starting their MU graduate program.

Orientation activities

At the orientation, international teaching assistants (ITAs) will:

  • Review principles of effective teaching, including communication strategies
  • Develop familiarity with the postsecondary classrooms and labs
  • Apply principles in microteaching sessions


Students should register for GTO directly. Contact if you have questions.