Teaching Assistant


A teaching assistant helping 3 elementary students with an art project.

Earn your Teaching Assistant certificate with FLCC's online program. In this program, you'll learn how to be a skilled educational assistant. Play a key role in shaping the future of young minds in classrooms, childcare centers, and other educational institutions.

Certificate Program Overview

Become a vital part of the education system with our Teaching Assistant certificate program. Help students learn effectively in the classroom by providing 1-on-1 support. Develop lesson plans for diverse student populations. Learn how to track student progress and reinforce classroom objectives. Create strategies that give students with learning differences and disabilities equitable access to education.

This program prepares you for a professional career in education. Our Teaching Assistant courses include resume and cover letter writing skills and a mock interview. Graduate with the materials you need to enter the job market.

100% Online Teaching Assistant Certificate Program

Our Teaching Assistant certificate program is exclusively online. This online format provides a convenient and flexible way to earn your education. Complete Teaching Assistant courses on your own time and from anywhere. Learn more about online degree programs at FLCC.

Teaching Assistant Course Highlight: EDU 101 and 102

Education courses in this program focus on school regulations, adolescent development, classroom management, instructional design, and more. Adapt educational materials for specific learning styles and develop your own teaching philosophy. Learn about Common Core, state testing, and other school procedures that impact students.

New York Certified Teaching Assistant Credential

Prepare for the New York State Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills (ATAS) and become a Level I certified teaching assistant. Our 24-credit program surpasses the NYS education requirements for the Level III certification. Earn this enhanced credential after working as a teaching assistant for one year. Find out more about New York State Teaching Assistant Certificates.

Our Teaching Assistant faculty will help you complete state-mandated child safety workshops, including:

  • Child Abuse Identification Workshop
  • School Violence Intervention and Prevention Workshop
  • DASA Training — Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention

Samantha Hoover

"I learned a lot of different teaching styles and methods. We'd talk about how to get the children engaged: What incentives do you use to help the kids learn? What would you like your class to look like? How would you run that class? We bounced ideas off one another. It was an eye-opening experience to take what I learned at FLCC and put it to use in the classroom."

— Samantha Hoover, '22

Certificate Program Outcomes

Career Outlook: Teaching Assistants

Teaching assistants are essential in schools, childcare centers, and other educational settings. After completing our program, you'll be ready to work in New York State, where teaching assistants earn an average annual salary of $34,440. In the Finger Lakes region, teaching assistants earn an average annual salary is $29,536.

Career Pathways

Our program provides the credentials to work as a teaching assistant or paraprofessional in New York public schools. These educational skills are also valuable for careers in childcare and private schools.

Working as a certified teaching assistant is a convenient first step to becoming a teacher. Gain the confidence and experience to advance into a career with increased pay and responsibilities.

Seamless Transfer Opportunities

Interested in continuing your education? Transfer into our A.A. Childhood Education (Teacher Education Transfer) program or A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences program. These related programs will put you on the path to becoming a certified teacher or a professional in the social sciences.

Our associate degree programs help you earn credits toward a four-year degree. Some regional four-year schools with education programs include:

  • Keuka College
  • Nazareth College
  • Roberts Wesleyan University
  • St. John Fisher University
  • SUNY Brockport
  • SUNY Geneseo
  • SUNY Cortland
  • SUNY Oswego

With a Teaching Assistant certificate, you can work in a classroom while pursuing a degree.

Low-Cost Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities

Earn a quality education at an affordable rate. With our low cost-per-credit and general scholarship opportunities, you can maximize your potential with minimal debt. 80% of students are awarded scholarships or financial aid that help with the cost of college.


Our Teaching Assistant faculty have practical and professional expertise in the education industry. Your instructors have decades of experience teaching in K-12 classrooms and training educators for careers in education. They are passionate about teaching and eager to share their knowledge with you.

Mandatory Professional Licensure Disclosures:
SUNY's academic programs leading to licensure or certification are carefully designed to meet and exceed New York State requirements. Other states may have their own requirements. If your goal is to practice in another state, please review that state's requirements. View professional licensure disclosures.

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