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Teaching Assistant Certificate

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Credits: 24

Cost per credit: $207

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Teaching Assistant Certificate

Students enrolled in the Teaching Assistant Certification at Finger Lakes Community College meet the education requirements for the teaching assistant III certification through the New York State Department of Education. The program is ideal for working professionals and adults because the teaching assistance certification takes only a year to complete - 100% online. 


SUNY's academic programs leading to licensure or certification are carefully designed to meet and exceed New York state requirements. Courses in the certificate focus on federal and state laws and regulations, child and adolescent development and learning, classroom and behavior management, and instructional strategies. Students enrolled in the online teaching assistant certificate take classes in Educational Foundations, Math for Elementary Educators, and specific Teaching Assistant Classes for a solid understanding of the career. Required courses EDU 101 Teacher Assistant I and EDU 102 Teacher Assistant II prepare you for teacher assistant positions in the area of public education upon completion.

Students who earn their certificate can apply for certification with New York State and are positioned to continue their journey to the associate degree in childhood education or general studies online.

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"The Teaching Assistant Certificate allowed me to start working sooner, then I was able to go back to school finish my Associates while my district reimbursed my tuition."
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Program consists of: 2 Semesters
24 Credits
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Credits: 24

Cost per Credit: New York Residents: $207 Out of State: $248

About the Program

Students enrolled in the Teaching Assistant Certification at Finger Lakes Community College meet the education requirements for New York’s teaching assistant III certification through the NY State Department of Education. The program is ideal for working professionals and adults because the teaching assistance certification takes only a year to complete - 100% online.

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Courses in Teaching Assistant Certificate Program:

  • ENG 209 Introduction to Children's Literature
  • COM 100 Human Communication
  • EDU 101 Teacher Assistant I
  • EDU 102 Teacher Assistant II
  • EDU 200 Foundations of American Education
  • MAT 180 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers
  • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
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What you can do with a Teaching Assistant Certificate:

  • Transfer to an AA in Childhood Education
  • Pursue an associate degree in general studies
  • Take the NYS Teacher Assistant III certification
  • Start a career in a public K-12 school
  • Get started in a UPK position
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What are the Requirements for the NYS Teaching Assistant III Certification?

  • Meet Level I and Level II requirements
  • College coursework - 18 semester hours
  • Verified Experience as a Teaching Assistant, or Classroom Teacher - 1 Year
  • Citizenship Status - INS Permanent Residence or U.S. Citizenship

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