Community College of Rhode Island

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Denise Szymczuk

Teacher Assistant Training Program

This program is WIA-approved [ Learn more... ]

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.

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, registration fee and training manual)

50592 TCHR-1000-150 & 50593 TCHR-2000-150
Monday & Wednesday, 6-9p.m., 14 meetings, May 18 - July 8, 2015

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60026 TCHR-1000-001 & 60027 TCHR-2000-001
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 9a.m.-noon, 14 meetings, July 9 - August 11, 2015

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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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