Teaching Assistant Certificate

HEGIS: 5503

SUNY CODE: 1330

The teaching assistant program fulfills the college credit hour requirement for a New York State Level III Teaching Assistant Certificate. The program prepares the student for a teaching assistant position in grades pre-K - 12 and provides the student a core of college-level courses that may be applied to an associate level or transfer degree.

The goals of this program are to:

  • provide the student with a solid, comprehensive background in liberal arts education;
  • provide students with the opportunities to observe and familiarize themselves with teaching techniques and classroom management; and
  • provide the student with an understanding of child growth and development.

Successful graduates from this program will be able to:

  • assist the lead classroom teacher in providing instruction/programming to a diverse population of students;
  • assist the lead classroom teacher in the daily activities of classroom management;
  • identify the stages of children's physical, social and cognitive growth and development;
  • provide a developmentally appropriate response to student needs; and
  • under the supervision of the lead teacher, provide instruction in basic curriculum content areas.

Career Opportunities/Transfer Information

Graduates find employment in elementary or secondary schools. Others may opt to continue their studies by pursuing a degree in Liberal Arts: Childhood Education, Liberal Arts: General Studies, Liberal Arts: Humanities or Liberal Arts: Social Science. Upon completion of the A.A. degree, students may transfer to SUC at Cortland, SUC at Oswego and a variety of other four-year institutions which feature educational programs.

Program of Study

1st Year

1st Semester

ED 210Social Foundations of Educ

3

EN 111English I - College Writing

3

FS 100First Year Student Seminar

1

SS 151Intro Psychology

3

Elective

3

Mathematics Selective

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Elective: See below

2nd Semester

EN 112English II - Intro to Lit

3

EN 117Literature for Children

3

ED 250Child Growth & Development

3

OR

SS 152Developmental Psychology

3

OR

SS 234Child Psychology

3

Elective

3

Science Elective

3-4

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Elective: See below

Electives are restricted to the courses listed below.

Any additional substitutions must have both advisor and dean approval. Open electives are:

ED 100Intro Early Childhood Ed

3

ED 200Curr & Teaching in ECE

3

ED 215Educating the Exceptional

3

HU 100Sign Language I

3

HU 110Fund of Art in Early Child Ed

3

HU 210Fund Music Early Child Ed

3

HU 251Intro to Art Education

3

IS 115Computer Applications I

3

SS 111History of Western Civ I

3

SS 112History of Western Civ II

3

SS 121American History I

3

SS 122American History II

3

Total Credit Hours: 31-32

For more information, contact the Humanities and Social Science Division at (315) 866-0300 or toll free 1-888-GO-4-HCCC, ext. 8200.

This program is Internet accessible and may be completed entirely online.

For more information access HCCC Internet Academy website: www.ia.herkimer.edu