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Teaching Assistant Certificate
The Program (HEGIS Code 5503)
The Teaching Assistant program emphasizes essential communication skills such as composition, reading and public speaking; child development; and the background for historical and mathematical concepts. This program fulfills the academic requirements of 80-5.6 of the NYS Commissioner’s Regulations for Teaching Assistants. Additionally, all certificate requirements also apply to Jefferson’s two-year A.A. Childhood Education degree program and provide a smooth transition to baccalaureate level education programs.
Students graduating from the Teaching Assistant Certificate program will:
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively for diverse purposes and audiences, and the ability to find, evaluate, and credit accurately authoritative sources.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the history, conventions, and best practices within the field of education.
- Demonstrate knowledge of major milestones and principles of physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development in childhood.
Individuals employed as teaching assistants provide both instructional services to students and clerical support for certified classroom teachers. General duties of teaching assistants may include tutoring students, assisting students with available resources, working with pupils on specialized projects, and providing students with individualized attention. Teaching assistants may also correct and grade tests, maintain files and records, and assist with developing instructional materials. Teaching assistants are employed at all grade levels.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of Teaching Assistants is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2014. Regionally, earnings for entry to mid-level positions currently range from $12,500 to $23,600.
*All certificate requirements also apply to Jefferson’s A.A. Childhood Education degree program.
Heather O'Brien, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Jeri Fairman, Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts Division
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