Teaching Assistant (Certificate)

The Teaching Assistant certificate provides you with the foundation to work as a teaching assistant in public and private schools. Teaching assistants work in the classroom to provide direct instructional support to students under the supervision of a licensed teacher.

All teaching assistants in New York State are required to obtain certification, and this program can fulfill that requirement. Coursework in the program also may be applied directly to the Early Childhood associate degree program at the college.

This academic program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.

This program is offered by the Teacher Preparation Department.

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Program Highlights

  • The entire program can be completed online, in a traditional classroom, or a combination of both and is a great option for those looking to quickly get into a classroom setting.
  • Individuals who already work in an early childhood classroom or registered day care setting may have a funding source to pay for part or all of their tuition. The state's Child Care Educational Incentive Program, which is funded by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, provides tuition reimbursement up to $2,000 annually based on student income.

Online Program can be completed by attending online.

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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.

Recent employers have included: Albany School District, Bethlehem School District, Cambridge Central School, Capital Region BOCES, Center for Disability Services, Guilderland Central School District, Jefferson Central Schools, Kids Corner, Maple Leaf Childcare, Parsons Neil Hellman High School, Shenendehowa School District, St Augustine School, St. Peter's Hospital Day Care Center.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Teaching Assistant, $24,900.

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 review our Frequently Asked Questions or contact:

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

Note: Employers looking to hire students from this program should contact the Center for Careers and Transfer.

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

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