SUNY Jefferson

Teaching Assistant Certificate

Program Type: Career, 1-year
Delivery Method: On-campus
Personal Interests: Love of learning, working with children, shaping future generations
Skill Development: Teaching, communication, educating, creativity
Career Options: Education (all grade levels)
Program Code: HEGIS 5503

Work with children and educators

The Teaching Assistant Certificate program emphasizes essential communication skills such as composition, reading and public speaking; child development; and the background for historical and mathematical concepts.

You will fulfill the academic requirements of 80-5.6 of the NYS Commissioner’s Regulations for Teaching Assistants

This program offers:

  • Strong connection to local employers
  • Broad-based perspective that prepares you for education and related fields
  • Short-term program to enter the education field

Join the growing education field

Schools are consistently looking for teaching assistants to help round out their staff and professionals working with children and youth.

Learn to help young people grow and develop

When you graduate with a Teaching Assistant Certificate you will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively for diverse purposes and audiences, and have the ability to find, evaluate, and credit accurately authoritative sources
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history, conventions, and best practices within the field of education
  • Understand major milestones and principles of physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development in children

School districts need you

As a teaching assistant you will provide both instructional services to students and clerical support for certified classroom teachers. You are a partner in the classroom and teaching assistants are employed at all grade levels.

General duties of teaching assistants may include:

  • Tutoring students
  • Assisting students with available resources
  • Working with pupils on specialized projects
  • Providing students with individualized attention
  • Correcting and grading tests
  • Maintaining files and records
  • Assisting with developing instructional materials

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of Teaching Assistants is expected to grow. In the local area new workers start around $20,482. Normal pay is $24,825 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to $37,774.

Looking to go further someday

All teaching assistant certificate requirements also apply to Jefferson’s Childhood Education A.A. degree program. You will be ahead of the curve if you choose to pursue a full teaching degree.  

Degree requirements for the Teaching Assistant Certificate

Requirements (24-25 credit hours)

ENG 101: Research and Composition 
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 
PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology 
PSY 220: Child and Adolescent Development 
HIS 150: American History to 1877 or HIS 151: American History 1877-Present 
STA 151: Public Speaking 
MTH 148: Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers 1 
EDU 210: Principles of Education

TOTAL 24-25 credit hours


Program contacts

Gwen Francis-Frey
Education Department Chair
(315) 786-2362

Jeri Fairman
Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts 
(315) 786-6542

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522