Graduate Assistantships in Professional Studies in Education

Each year, the Department of Professional Studies in Education is allocated a limited number of graduate assistantships. Assistantship awards are based upon academic achievement, not financial need.

In awarding assistantships to doctoral students, first priority is given to the candidate who is most advanced and needs to complete residency, internship, or dissertation requirements. Second priority is given those doctoral students who desire to fulfill their residency requirement through a leave of absence from their employing agency. In order to be considered for a graduate assistantship, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Admission to the School of Graduate Studies and Research following the procedures outlined in the Graduate Catalog,
  2. Successful completion of the departmental review process as outlined in the handbook.
  3. Submission of a GA application to the School of Graduate Studies and Research by March 15, and
  4. Submission of the Professional Studies in Education graduate assistant application and a current resume or curriculum vita to the D.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction coordinator.

Purpose of the Graduate Assistant Program

The purpose of the graduate assistantship program is to provide mutual professional development opportunities for the graduate student and the faculty mentor. The graduate assistant program is one important way in which the School of Graduate Studies and Research supports research and scholarship at IUP.

Role of the Graduate Assistant

Appropriate duties for graduate assistants include:

  • Conducting library research and compiling a literature review
  • Collecting, coding, and analyzing research data
  • Supporting innovative projects in the PSE Department
  • Providing support to a faculty member's teaching and supervision (with the faculty mentor present)

The following activities are not appropriate for a graduate assistant:

  • Performing contractual duties of the faculty mentor (e.g., teaching classes without the faculty mentor present, field supervision without the faculty mentor present, covering office hours, advising students)
  • Clerical work that exceeds 10 percent of the total assistantship assignment
  • Assisting the faculty mentor with personal/professional tasks (e.g., preparing a tenure or promotion file for a faculty member)
  • Engaging in instructor of record activities (e.g., assigning grades)

According to the policies of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, graduate assistants are not clerical workers; their role and function is to support scholarship and research. Faculty in the Professional Studies in Education Department write proposals to request a graduate assistant, and the description of the activities in these proposals serves as a job description for the graduate assistant.

Types of Assistantships

There are several different options for the assignment of graduate assistants. They are described below.

Twenty-Hour Graduate Assistantships

Work Duties

Graduate students must be full-time graduate students who are enrolled in nine credits in the Fall and Spring semesters. Graduate assistants in the PSE Department are assigned to a faculty mentor who has submitted a proposal/job description and is conducting research. A twenty-hour graduate assistant works for the faculty mentor twenty hours per week during both the Fall and Spring semesters. No work duties are assigned during the Summer for GAs who were assigned during the Fall and Spring semesters.


Full-time graduate assistants who work twenty hours in both the Fall and Spring semesters receive a full tuition waiver (up to 12 credits) in the Fall, Spring, and Summer for a maximum of 36 credits. If a graduate assistant works just one semester, the tuition waiver is (4.5 credits if registered for nine total credits, or six credits if registered for 12 credits).


The doctoral stipend is approximately $6,000 per year. If a doctoral student works one semester (only), the stipend is half of that amount.

Ten-Hour Graduate Assistantships for Part-Time Students

Work Duties

Work ten hours per week, Fall and Spring semesters. Nontraditional graduate assistantships are reserved to provide tuition support and opportunities to engage in scholarly work for students who are employed during the regular working day. The expectation is that the ten-hour GA would use technology to communicate and submit work assignments to their faculty mentor and meet on an as-needed basis at times other than the typical school day of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No work duties are required during the Summer. Students must be registered for six credits in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters in order to qualify.


If the ten-hour graduate assistant and part-time student works both in the Fall and in the Spring semesters, the tuition waiver is half of that awarded to twenty-hour graduate assistantsthree credits in Fall, Spring, and Summer. If the quarter-time graduate assistant works one semester only, tuition waiver is for three credits during that semester (only) and the following Summer.


The stipend would be half of the doctoral stipends listed above for a ten-hour graduate assistantabout $3,000. In the case of a one-semester ten-hour GA, it would be one-quarter.

Graduate Assistantships/Summer Only

Work Duties

Work twenty or ten hours per week, entire Summer session. Summer graduate assistantships typically are reserved to support doctoral students who are nearing completion of their programs.


For twenty-hour and ten-hour Summer graduate assistantships, the tuition waiver is for a maximum of 12 credits. Summer graduate assistants must register for an absolute minimum of nine credits for the entire Summer.


The stipend for a twenty-hour Summer GA is half; the stipend for a ten-hour Summer GA is one-quarter. Stipend-only awards are also possible; a twenty-hour Summer GA gets a half stipend and no tuition waiver, while a ten-hour Summer GA gets a one-quarter stipend and no tuition waiver.