Teaching Assistant


Finger Lakes Community College

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Earn your certificate degree online

You will earn the same diploma as our on-campus students

  • Job-ready certificate in 2 semesters
  • Progress to an associate degree in education via FLCC's teacher education transfer path
  • 24 credit hours | $207 per credit hour
  • 100% online
  • Satisfies requirements for the teaching assistant III certification through the New York State Department of Education.
  • Teacher assistant 1 and 2, foundations in American education, intro to children's literature, mathematics for elementary school teachers, intro to psychology, and human communication courses

Overview of Finger Lakes Community College 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 III 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 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.

Courses in the program

Courses in the teaching assistant certificate are:

  • Introduction to Children's Literature
  • Human Communication
  • Teacher Assistant I
  • Teacher Assistant II
  • Foundations of American Education
  • Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers
  • Introduction to Psychology

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What's a certificate?
Certificates are usually one year in length and lead directly to employment. They consist of a focused series of courses and are typically found at Community Colleges.

How do I enroll?

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  4. Pay the application fee (if applicable)
  5. Submit any supplemental materials, if required
  6. Send in your academic records

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