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. 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.

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 A.A.S. program.

This 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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Career and Transfer Opportunities

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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, Parsons Neil Hellman High School, Shenendehowa School District, St. Peter's Hospital Day Care Center.
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The program specifically prepares students for the teaching assistant profession. Some graduates may continue on to enter the Early Childhood A.A.S. program.
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Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of 2017: Teaching Assistant, $24,140.

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Take Note

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.

In addition to completing this certificate, NYS Special Education Assistant Certification (Level III) requires the following workshops, training, exams and clearances:

  • Child Abuse Identification, School Violence Intervention and Prevention workshops
  • DASA clearance (BOCES)
  • Fingerprint clearance
  • Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills (ATAS) Exam

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Antoinette Howard
Higbee Hall, Room 109
NOTE: Employers looking to hire students from these programs should contact the Center for Careers and Transfer.

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.