Special Education Assistant (Certificate)

The Special Education Assistant certificate program is designed to prepare students with the required coursework for a successful career as a teaching assistant/paraprofessional in the field of special education.

The certificate program fulfills requirements for New York State Level II and III Teaching Assistant certificates.

Additional Steps Needed For NYS Special Education Assistant Certification (Level III)
Three Workshops

  • Child Abuse Identification
  • School Violence Intervention and Prevention
  • DASA clearance (BOCES)

  • Fingerprint clearance
  • Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills (ATAS) Exam

This program is offered by the Teacher Preparation Department.

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Program Highlights

  • This is the only program of its kind in the Capital Region.
  • Certificate courses are available days, evenings and online.
  • Credits earned in the certificate also will transfer into an A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education.

Scholarships Available Scholarships available.

Career and Transfer Opportunities

Employment opportunities for graduates of this program include positions as a teaching assistant or paraprofessional in child development and child care centers; public and private schools K-12, and agencies or centers that serve individuals with special needs. Graduates can also serve as a direct support assistant (DSA) for persons with developmental disabilities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015), employment for Special Education Teaching Assistants is expected to grow 6 percent from 2015-2022, due to increases in student enrollment in elementary and secondary schools as well as in child care and preschool.

The program specifically prepares students for the teaching assistant profession. Some graduates may continue on to enter the Early Childhood associate degree at the college.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

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For more information regarding this program, please contact:

Antoinette Howard
Department Chair
Teacher Preparation Department
Higbee Hall, Room 109
(518) 629-7250

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309