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Professional Development for Teacher Assistants

If you are in the RI Works program:
Denise Szymczuk

Teacher Assistant Training Program

This program is WIA-approved [ Learn more about the WIA ]

This program provides training consistent with state standards for anyone interested in being employed as a full-time, part-time or substitute teacher assistant. Instruction is provided by a multidisciplinary team. Topics to be addressed include: roles and responsibilities of the teacher assistant; human development; diversity; special education; basic rights; school health and safety; the instructional process; school laws; computer and technology skills; positive classroom climate; and team-building. Students also will be required to complete three hours of job shadowing a TA. For more information about course requirements please view: [Teacher Assistant Program Requirements]

A certificate recognized by RIDE is awarded upon successful completion of all classes, assignments, job shadowing and the final exam.

Participants must successfully complete a reading, language and mathematics assessment test at the first class session. On the day of the pretest, you must present acceptable identification that includes your name, photograph and signature such as a current valid photo driver's license, a photo employment ID, a current valid passport, military identification, a photo student ID accompanied by an additional photo or signature ID (photo credit cards or check cashing cards). Although this is a noncredit training program, one credit is transferable to CCRI's Human Services programs.

NOTE: The RI Department of Education does not certify individual teacher assistants, but sets minimum qualifications that school districts must follow in hiring TAs. Applicants should always check with the district(s) where they want to apply to learn about their specific employment requirements. For more information on the minimum requirements, please visit and click on 'Become a Teacher Assistant.'

$299 (includes pre-test, $5 non-refundable registration fee and training manual)

50548 TCHR-1000-151 & 50549 TCHR-2000-151
Monday & Wednesday, 6-9 p.m., 14 meetings, June 1 - July 20, 2016

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60005 TCHR-1000-001 & 60006 TCHR-2000-002
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 14 meetings, July 12 - August 10, 2016

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Duplicate/Replacement Certificates

If you need a Rhode Island teacher assistant certificate because you have lost the original, please mail the Duplicate Certificate Form - PDF* and a $10 check or money order payable to CCRI.


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