Teaching Assistant - Certificate

Associate Dean, Division of Professional Studies

Department Chair

Certificate, Career Program

This program is intended for students interested in becoming a Teaching Assistant Level III. The third-level certificate permits the holder to provide direct instructional services to students under the general supervision of a licensed or certified teacher. Graduates will be expected to demonstrate competence in the following areas: literacy instruction of all students, instruction of students with special needs, awareness and appreciation of a variety of learning styles and instructional methodology, support of math instruction and development of study skills with students.

All candidates for Certification are required to pass the New York State Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills, offered through the NYS Department of Education. New York State law also requires that candidates for certification submit to a fingerprint supported criminal history background. Additionally, candidates for certification are required to complete two clock hours of coursework or training regarding the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse and maltreatment and two clock hours of coursework or training in school violence prevention and intervention. The Level III certification is continuously valid with completion of the required professional development hours every five years.

For more information on this process, please contact the Education Department Chair, Julie Dick.

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attened this program.