New York Teacher Assistant Training Programs and Schools

Career Information for Teacher Assistants in New York

Teacher assistants go by many names: paraprofessional, teacher's aide, paraeducator, and instructional aide. Typically, the teacher provides initial instruction on concepts, and the teaching assistant reinforces these lessons by working with students in small groups or one-on-one.

In addition, the teacher's assistant helps with record keeping, prepares instructional materials, supervises students and enforces school rules, and may grade papers and tests. If you enjoy working with children and believe in the value of education, a career as a teaching assistant may be the job for you.

New York Teacher Assistant Schools

The New York Department of Education requires all teacher assistants to have certification. Formal education helps prepare hopeful teaching assistants for certification.

  • Hudson Valley Community College: This school offers a Teaching Assistant Certificate, and includes online, distance learning opportunities. Coursework transfers to four-year universities, for students interested in pursuing a higher degree.
  • SUNY Genesee Community College: This school offers both an Associate's degree and certification as a Teaching Assistant. Coursework prepares graduates for Level II or III certification.
  • Herkimer: This school provides an online certification program designed to prepare graduates for Level III certification as a teaching assistant in New York.
  • Monroe Community College: This certification program prepares teaching assistants to work with young people and technology education.
  • Erie Community College: This school's teaching assistant program meets both Federal and New York guidelines for Level III certification. It is open to both new students and those already working as a paraprofessional.

What to Expect from New York Teacher Assistant Programs

All of these programs are designed to prepare graduates to pass Level III certification by the New York Board of Education. Students develop the following core competencies:

  • Reading, writing, and math skills
  • Psychological development in minors
  • The responsibilities of a teacher assistant
  • Effective collaboration with an education team
  • Providing effective instruction

In addition, students receive preparatory instruction in taking and passing the New York State Teacher Certification Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills Exam.

New York Teacher Assistant License

New York does not require licensing, but it does have a teaching assistant certification requirement. Certification includes four levels:

  • Level I: entry-level certification that allows the TA to provide instruction under the supervision of a licensed, certified teacher. It is valid for three years and renewable for three years, until the TA meets Level II requirements.
  • Level II: second-level certification, allows the TA to provide instruction under the supervision of a licensed, certified teacher. It is valid for three years, but not renewable, and leads to Level III certification.
  • Level III: third-level certification, allows the TA to provide instruction under the supervision of a licensed, certified teacher. It is valid for five years continuously, if professional development requirements are met.
  • Pre-Professional: advanced-level certification that allows the TA to provide instruction under the supervision of a licensed, certified teacher. It is valid for five years and is renewable with continuing education requirements.

Teaching assistants must also complete the following:

Resources for Teacher Assistants in New York

Teacher assistants in New York have online resources available for information and up-to-date news in their career.


  1. Teaching Assistant (Paraprofessional) Certification, NYC Department of Education, http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/DHR/TeacherPrincipalSchoolProfessionals/Certification/Teaching+Assistant+Paraprofessional+Certification.htm, accessed September 17, 2016
  2. New York State Teacher Certification Exams, http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/, accessed September 17, 2016
  3. Teaching Assistant Certificates, Office of Teaching Initiatives, NYSED.gov, http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/ta.html, accessed September 17, 2016

Schools for Teacher Assistants in New York are listed below.

Selected Teaching Assistant Training Schools in New York

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More New York Teaching Assistant Training Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Adirondack Community College Queensbury Associate 3,408
CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College New York Associate 19,259
CUNY Bronx Community College Bronx Associate 9,003
CUNY Hostos Community College Bronx Associate 5,112
CUNY Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn Associate 14,962
CUNY LaGuardia Community College Long Island City Associate 15,169
CUNY Medgar Evers College Brooklyn Bachelor 5,550
CUNY Queensborough Community College Bayside Associate 13,359
Columbia-Greene Community College Hudson Associate 1,823
Dutchess Community College Poughkeepsie Associate 8,248
Erie Community College Buffalo Associate 13,053
Finger Lakes Community College Canandaigua Associate 5,351
Fulton-Montgomery Community College Johnstown Associate 2,235
Genesee Community College Batavia Associate 6,472
Herkimer County Community College Herkimer Associate 3,328
Hudson Valley Community College Troy Associate 12,296
Jefferson Community College Watertown Associate 3,191
Maria College of Albany Albany Associate 752
Niagara County Community College Sanborn Associate 6,331
Orange County Community College Middletown Associate 6,602
SUNY Westchester Community College Valhalla Associate 12,073
Schenectady County Community College Schenectady Associate 4,367
Villa Maria College Buffalo Buffalo Bachelor 455

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Teacher Assistants

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for New York. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Teacher Assistants

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Teacher Assistants relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary

New York

Albany 5440 $24150 1.4
Schenectady 5440 $24150 1.4
Troy 5440 $24150 1.4
Glens Falls 840 $20960 1.81
Ithaca 740 $25830 1.69
Buffalo 7290 $21960 1.5
Cheektowaga 7290 $21960 1.5
Niagara Falls 7290 $21960 1.5
Binghamton 1610 $20070 1.76
Elmira 440 $19600 1.37
Kingston 1200 $25990 2.3
Rochester 7770 $23500 1.72
Syracuse 4650 $25820 1.73
Utica 1810 $21310 1.71
Rome 1810 $21310 1.71
Watertown 800 $20930 2.16
Fort Drum 800 $20930 2.16
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