Peer Learning and Teaching Others (PLaTO) is proud to employ over 70 undergraduate Peer Learning Assistants (PLA).

PLAs are selected through a competitive application process. Selection is based on availability, faculty reference, and interviews.


PLAs receive $11/hour, course credit for the UNIV 1204 pedagogy course, CRLA accreditation and experiential learning credit (depending on school/college).

Weekly Commitment

5 hours/week. 3 hours of class facilitation in assigned course, 1 hour of preparing individually, and 1 hour of weekly planning with the course instructor.

PLA job requirements include:

  • Enroll in and complete UNIV 1204 (a one-hour institutional credit course) within your first semester of being a PLA (unless you have already completed UNIV 1204)
    • Students cannot register for the course prior to being hired as a PLA
  • Attend all sessions of your assigned course communicated by instructor to facilitate active learning in the classroom
  • Attend weekly planning sessions with the instructor of your course
  • Complete ongoing trainings with PLaTO staff including a beginning of semester training
  • Be proficient and subject matter and have the ability to explain topics to others
  • Have excellent communication skills and a patient approach to explaining concepts
  • Be able to recognize when to make referrals to appropriate campus resources when assistance beyond a PLA’s qualifications is needed

To qualify for a PLA position, you must:

  • Demonstrate academic excellence
  • Have completed at least one semester of classes at UGA
  • Be able to commit to and attend all sessions of the course for which you are applying

To apply to become a PLA:

If you are interested in becoming a PLA for the upcoming semester, you must apply a semester in advance. For example, we hire Fall PLAs at the end of the Spring semester.

The Peer Learning Assistant application for Fall 2024 is now closed.

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