Teacher Assistant

Program Description

The New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) address New York Education Law and Commissioner’s Regulations, which require prospective New York State educators to pass designated tests as a requirement for receiving state certification. The NYSTCE are criterion-referenced, objective-based tests designed to measure a candidate’s knowledge and skills in relation to an established standard rather than in relation to the performance of other candidates. The explicit purpose of these tests is to help identify for certification those candidates who have demonstrated the appropriate level of knowledge and skills that are important for performing the responsibilities of an educator (K-12) in New York State public schools. Students must complete required workshops online (outside of class time).

Employment of teacher assistants is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected to result from increases in student enrollment and classroom size and continued demand for special education services. ¹

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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Teacher Assistants, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/teacher-assistants.htm (visited June 27, 2017).

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