Understanding Canvas course roles and permissions

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Wondering what roles you or your colleagues can have in One Canvas? A Canvas user may be assigned to one of nine different course roles, some of which flow automatically from Peoplesoft. Each role has permission to do different things. Learn more about it on Teaching Tools.

Automatically Assigned Canvas Roles from Peoplesoft

Canvas role Peoplesoft Role Capabilities


Secondary instructor

Graduate instructor

Has full course capabilities. Cannot add/remove people except in Org, Noncredit, or Dev sites and cannot add LTIs.

Assigns a % teacher in MyVita.

TA Teaching assistant

Has full course capabilities except cannot manage enrollments, publish the site or add LTIs.

Does not assign a % teacher in MyVita.

Student Student Can view course content and fully participate in the course.


Teacher (UMSL)

Grader (MS&T)

Admin Mapped to different roles at different campuses.


Roles Exclusive to Canvas

Learning assistant

Can view and edit course content, view and post to Discussions and send messages to users.

Added by Academic Technologies at present, Canvas Request System in the future.


Can view and grade all assessments. Grader can view Discussions but cannot edit course content or send messages.

Added by Academic Technologies with Registrar consent.


Can view course content and Discussions.

Added by Academic Technologies at present, Canvas Request System in the future.

Guest account Will be provisioned through a third-party tool (Cirrus) in which users will create accounts utilizing credentials from Google, Facebook or Microsoft (coming late Fall 2021).
Administrator Access to multiple courses within their academic unit — see note below.


Peer reviewers and reviewers of courses can be granted access. Limited administrator access can be granted to an individual to support users and sites in Canvas for their functional unit (division, department, college/school). UM System requires that individuals demonstrate proficiency in utilizing elevated privileges in Canvas and that certain rules, standards and guidelines are followed.

Users must have successfully completed the following training prior to receiving elevated access in Canvas:

After finishing the required training, please complete the online request form.