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I think that it is normal to choose teacher assistants for BSc courses from MSc or PhD students and TAs for MSc courses to be from PhD students;

In case that the PhD or MSc students are not interested or are not applying for a teaching assistant position of the lower courses (lets say a BSc course); is it a good idea to choose an assistant from the interested last year BSc students (with good academic records and background) or it is better not to have TA for the course for a period of time until a PhD student applies for the TA position?

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The best BSc students, although having less experience, are often better than some of the MSc students. And both BSc and MSc students may be more interested in the particular course topic than a PhD student who signs up for a TA position just to fulfill stipend requirements. Varies by school, of course. –  Ben Voigt Jul 11 at 4:56
    
@EnergyNumbers I opended three Meta questions about your comment, here, here and here which may help me understand more. –  Enthusiastic Student Jul 11 at 16:10

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Some universities have rules about what kind of student may be a TA. Assuming no such rules exist, the TA should be qualified to fill that role, whatever that means for a given course. That is, the TA should have both the domain knowledge and pedagogical ability that the job requires.

It doesn't matter what level of education the TA is at. In my own department it is quite common for TAs to be "peers" of the students in the class (B.S. students hired to TA the B.S. level courses, M.S. students and PhD students hired to TA graduate courses including both M.S. and PhD students.)

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I would add "enthusiasm" to your list of job requirements (knowledge, pedagogical ability). I often use undergrads as TAs and find they tend to have more enthusiasm for the role -- often because they recently took the class and remember more of the experience. –  Bill Nace Jul 11 at 6:00

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