Teaching Assistant Certificate
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Teaching Assistant Certificate

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The college is not accepting applications for this program at this time.

Teaching Assistant Certificate

  • Program Type: Career, 1-year
  • Delivery: On-campus
  • Personal Interests: Love of learning, working with children, shaping future generations
  • Skill Building: 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


Contact Enrollment Services for Application and Admissions Information

Jules Center 6-010 (ground level)
(315) 786-2437, fax (315) 786-2349 or toll free (888) 435-6522

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Friday


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.


Gainful Employment

Program Name Undergraduate certificate in Teacher Assistant

This program is designed to be completed in 1 year

This program will cost $7,260 for in-state tuition, fees, books and supplies/$12,180 for out-of-state tuition, fees, books and supplies if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with a median loan debt of:
Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

In addition to completing the 24 credit hours at Jefferson, students will need to complete the certification process and can apply through the New York State Office of Teaching Initiatives.

What is involved in the Teaching Assistant Certification:

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please visit: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/


Requirements for the Teaching Assistant Certificate

Effective Fall 2014

Teaching Assistant Certificate Degree Requirements (24-25 Credit Hours)
Teaching Assistant Certificate Requirements (24-25 credit hours)
Credit Hours
EDU 210:  Principles of Education 3
ENG 101:  Research and Composition 3
ENG 102:  Literature and Composition 3
HIS 150:  American History to 1877 or 
HIS 151:  American History 1877 to Present
MTH 148:  Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers 1 3-4
PSY 133:  Introduction to Psychology
PSY 220:  Child and Adolescent Development
STA 151:   Public Speaking

Total Credit Hours 24-25


Program Contacts

Leah Deasy

Humanities and Education Department Chair
(315) 786-6568

Dr. Mark Streiff

Interim Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts Division
(315) 786-6542