Teaching Assistant (certificate)

The Teaching Assistant Certificate was designed to serve a dual purpose – to assist individuals to meet the New York State Education Department requirements and as a pathway for those interested in continuing their education in pursuit of a teaching degree. Students earning a Teaching Assistant Certificate will have:

  • Completed a minimum of four SUNY General Education requirements;
  • Completed a three-credit Foundations of Education course and will understand the major theories, models and metaphors used to represent and discuss educational practices;
  • Spent a minimum of 10 hours in an educational setting within the community;
  • Had an opportunity to assess realistically their interests and possible careers in education, and
  • Met the New York State Education Department’s education requirements for a Pre-professional Teaching Assistant Certificate.

Before working in a public educational setting, prospective employees will be required to undergo a fingerprint check. Individuals with a criminal history should be aware that they may have difficulty obtaining clearance for a New York State Teaching Assistant Certificate. Students with questions in this area may want to consult an advisor or College counselor before pursuing the Teaching Assistant Program.