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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.

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More New York Teaching Assistant Training Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Queensbury
Associate
3,408
New York
Associate
19,259
Bronx
Associate
9,003
Bronx
Associate
5,112
Brooklyn
Associate
14,962
Long Island City
Associate
15,169
Brooklyn
Bachelor
5,550
Bayside
Associate
13,359
Hudson
Associate
1,823
Poughkeepsie
Associate
8,248
Buffalo
Associate
13,053
Canandaigua
Associate
5,351
Johnstown
Associate
2,235
Batavia
Associate
6,472
Herkimer
Associate
3,328
Troy
Associate
12,296
Watertown
Associate
3,191
Albany
Associate
752
Sanborn
Associate
6,331
Middletown
Associate
6,602
Valhalla
Associate
12,073
Schenectady
Associate
4,367
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. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Albany 5410 $24,140
Schenectady 5410 $24,140
Troy 5410 $24,140
Ithaca 730 $26,190
Buffalo 7610 $22,260
Cheektowaga 7610 $22,260
Niagara Falls 7610 $22,260
Binghamton 1700 $19,900
Elmira 490 $19,930
Glens Falls 720 $20,300
Kingston 1130 $25,800
Rochester 7910 $23,270
Syracuse 4430 $25,870
Utica 1810 $21,710
Rome 1810 $21,710
Watertown 800 $22,110
Fort Drum 800 $22,110

Sources:

  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

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