Teacher Assistant

Online Program
A computer and web camera are required for online learning programs

Program Description

Teaching assistants work in the classroom to provide direct instructional support to students under the supervision of a licensed teacher. The entire program can be completed online, in a traditional classroom, or a combination of both, and is a great option for those looking to quickly get into a classroom setting.

All teaching assistants in New York State are required to obtain certification, and this program can fulfill that requirement. 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.

Course Content

Reading for Professionals

Course Description: This course will help students work on reading skills that are necessary for success in the workplace. These include:

  • Understand the meaning of general vocabulary words
  • Understand the stated main idea of a reading passage
  • Understand the sequence of ideas in a reading passage
  • Interpret textual and graphic information

Course Outline:

  • determining the meaning of commonly encountered words presented in context
  • identifying appropriate synonyms or antonyms for words
  • recognizing the correct use of commonly misused pairs of words (e.g., their/there, to/too)
  • identifying the stated main idea of a passage
  • identifying the topic sentence of a passage
  • recognizing introductory and summary statements of a passage
  • selecting an accurate restatement of the main idea of a passage
  • identifying the order of events or steps described in a passage
  • organizing a set of instructions into their proper sequence
  • identifying cause-and-effect relationships described in a passage
  • interpreting information from tables, line graphs, bar graphs, and pie charts
  • recognizing appropriate representations of written information in graphic or tabular form
  • recognizing differences between fact and opinion

Method of Instruction: Blended Learning

Writing for Professionals

Course Description: This course is designed to enhance or improve a writer’s ability for the workplace. This will include:

  • Understand the standard use of verbs
  • Understand the standard use of pronouns and modifiers
  • Understand standard sentence structure and punctuation
  • Understand the standard use of capitalization and spelling

Course Outline:

  • identifying standard subject-verb agreement (e.g., number, person)
  • identifying verb tense (e.g., present, past)
  • recognizing consistency of verb tense (e.g., verb endings)
  • identifying agreement (e.g., number, gender, person) between a pronoun and its antecedent
  • using possessive pronouns (e.g., its vs. it’s), relative pronouns (e.g., that, which), and demonstrative pronouns (e.g., this, that)
  • using comparative and superlative modifiers (e.g., good/better/best)
  • distinguishing between sentence fragments and complete sentences
  • distinguishing between run-on sentences and correctly divided sentences
  • identifying correct and incorrect punctuation
  • identifying standard capitalization at the beginning of sentences
  • identifying standard capitalization of proper words and titles
  • recognizing standard spelling of commonly encountered words presented in context

Method of Instruction: Blended Learning

Math for Professionals

Course Description: This course is designed to help students master the math skills necessary to be successful in the classroom. Topics will include:

  • Understand number concepts
  • Understand the addition and subtraction of whole numbers
  • Understand multiplication and division of whole numbers
  • Understand operations involving fractions, decimals, and percents

Course Outline:

  • identifying correctly rounded numbers (e.g., to the nearest ten)
  • identifying equivalent weights and measures in different units (e.g., feet and inches, quarts and pints, kilograms and grams)
  • estimating the solution to a measurement problem (e.g., height, distance, perimeter)
  • solving problems involving the addition of whole numbers
  • solving problems involving the subtraction of whole numbers
  • applying principles of addition and subtraction of whole numbers to solve problems encountered in everyday life
  • solving problems involving the multiplication of whole numbers
  • solving problems involving the division of whole numbers
  • applying principles of multiplication and division of whole numbers to solve problems encountered in everyday life
  • solving problems involving fractions (e.g., recipes)
  • solving problems involving decimals (e.g., money)
  • solving problems involving percents (e.g., grades, discounts)
  • solving problems involving conversions between fractions, decimals, and percents

Method of Instruction: Blended Learning

Instructional Strategies (Methods of teaching)

Course Description: This course is designed to explore the various methods of teaching. This will include:

  • Understand classroom instruction related to reading.
  • Understand classroom instruction related to writing.
  • Understand classroom instruction related to mathematics.

Course Outline:

  • providing support under the guidance of classroom teachers to match student needs, styles of learning, and background experiences (e.g., drilling, using pictorial or video materials, relating reading materials to real-life contexts)
  • helping students use instructional resources (e.g., dictionaries, encyclopedias, multimedia materials) to support reading
  • helping students use a variety of approaches to understand what they read (e.g., skimming, questioning to tap prior knowledge, monitoring understanding, reviewing, summarizing)
  • gathering information about students’ progress as readers to support the teacher’s planning, assessment, and instruction
  • understanding drafting, editing, and proofreading written work
  • helping students focus their writing
  • helping students use instructional resources (e.g., dictionaries, grammar books, library resources, technological resources) to support writing
  • gathering information about students’ progress as writers to support the teacher’s planning, assessment, and instruction
  • relating mathematics to everyday situations
  • identifying and correcting basic errors in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • helping students use instructional resources (e.g., hands-on materials, rulers, money, charts, graphs, technological resources) to support mathematical learning
  • gathering information about students’ progress in mathematics to support the teacher’s planning, assessment, and instruction

Method of Instruction: Blended Learning

Theories of Learning & Learning Styles

Course Description: This course will provide a current and comprehensive overview of research and theory related to human learning. The course will emphasize major concepts of learning theory but will also cover relevant motivational, developmental, and classroom management theories. The course will underscore the relationship between theory, research and practice. There are four major objectives of the course.

Course Outline:

  • To acquaint students with the general concepts of learning theory
  • To review, understand, and critique research related to theories of learning
  • To provide students the opportunity to engage in critical analysis of theories through class discussion and class assignments
  • To give students opportunities to think about how to apply course material into their personal philosophy and future practice

Week 1 Introduction to Learning, Behaviorism (Classical, Operant, Social Learning)
Week 2 Behaviorism (Taxonomies, Mastery Learning)
Week 3 Cognitive Information Processing; Meaningful Learning Situated Cognition, Interactional Theories of Learning
Week 4 Motivation; Identifying Learning Styles
Week 5 Visual and Auditory Learning
Week 6 Read/Write and Kinesthetic Learning

Method of Instruction: Blended Learning

HUMS 1100 Child Development (Behavior)

Course Description: This course will explore the principles of development and the five key stages from birth to age 16 years. Additionally students will learn how physical, social and emotional, communication and intellectual skills are developed.

Course Outline:

  • Understand the growth and development of children
  • principles of development
    stages and sequences of development
    physical development
    emotional development
    social development
    communication and speech development
    intellectual development
    maturation
    factors affecting growth and development

  • Understand the role of observation of children’s
  • purpose of careful observation
    objectivity
    confidentiality
    reporting observations
    methods of recording observations

  • Know how to observe children’s development
  • observing and noting children’s physical development
    observing and noting children’s social and emotional
    development
    observing children’s communication and intellectual
    development

Method of Instruction: Asynchronous or Synchronous Learning; Blended Learning; Technology Based; Technology Enhanced

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Program Requirements

Diploma or HSE; Social Security Card

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Costs Covered by SUNY Rochester EOC

  • Tuition-free learning*
  • Books and supplies**
  • Program certifications**
  • NYS examination fees**
  • Finger printing**
*Applicant must meet eligibility requirements.
**If applicable. Covered costs are reviewed on an individual basis and may be subject to change.

Certifications Offered

NYS Teacher Assistant Level 1 certification

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