Teaching Assistant: Adolescence

75% or more of this program can be completed online.

Get a head start on a rewarding teaching career

If you’re interested in teaching adolescents and would like to start your teacher education gradually, then the teaching assistant: adolescence certificate from Monroe Community College could be a good match for you.

You’ll learn the fundamentals of teaching in the classroom, while taking courses that balance education classes, general education, and electives.

In your first teaching position, you could have one of these job titles:

  • Teaching assistant
  • Classroom assistant
  • Teacher’s aide
  • School tutor

The teaching assistant: adolescence certificate program fulfills the college credit hour requirements for New York State level II, III and pre­professional teaching assistant certificates.

Gain Teaching Experience While You're Still a Student

Monroe Community College strives to remain a leader in career preparation for teachers. In the teaching assistant: adolescence certificate program, you’ll learn from seasoned professionals who have many years of teaching experience. You’ll also work directly with adolescent students in actual classrooms to develop your professional skills.

As a teaching assistant: adolescence certificate holder, you’ll be ready to find rewarding jobs in public and private schools, including:

  • Fairport Central School District
  • Rochester Central School District
  • Brighton Central Schools
  • Bishop Kearny High School
  • Spencerport School District

The teaching assistant certificate also gives you the option to transfer into our adolescence education associate degree program, leading to a bachelor’s degree and New York State teacher certification.

Find out how MCC’s teaching assistant: adolescence certificate can have a life-changing impact on you. Contact the admissions office at admissions@monroecc.edu or (585) 292-2200.


Certificate Program

Department:Dept. of Education & Human Services

School(s): Community Engagement & Development

MCC Program Code: TA02

75% or more of this program can be completed online.

This program will prepare students with the required coursework for a successful career as a Teaching Assistant/Paraprofessional. The Teaching Assistant certificate provides an opportunity for teaching assistants and individuals interested in k12 education to begin their higher education in a gradual and supportive manner. The program fulfills the college credit hour requirements for New York State level II, III and pre-professional Teaching Assistant Certificate. The certificate will also transfer into an Associate in Arts Teacher Education Degree leading to a baccalaureate degree and NYS Teacher Certification for students interested in pursuing teaching as a career.

This course of study provides students with the opportunity to experience the basic fundamentals of teaching in the classroom while studying various integral aspects of the profession. The course of study also provides students with a balance of course work between completing education classes, general education coursework, and elective coursework.

Graduates of this program receive a solid foundation in both the liberal arts and sciences as well as the educational functions of teaching assistants and may find employment in pre-school, elementary and secondary schools.
(Housed in the Education Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1) demonstrate an understanding and be conversant about the main theoretical and sociological ideas and trends that currently influence schools classroom practice and the teaching profession.
2) identify professional expectations and responsibilities and articulate a basic understanding of teaching assistant/teaching as a career.
3) analyze the critical issues in and implications of the education and treatment of children with learning and behavior disorders.
4) summarize the complexities of a classroom setting and the teaching profession and appreciate the ethnic religious economic and learning diversity among students in public schools.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into Level 4 Math at MCC).

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 16-17 Credit Hours
EDU 100 Introduction to the Teaching Profession1
EDU 150 Performance and Presentation Skills for Educators3
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
HIS 111 History of the United States to 1865 OR
HIS 112 History of the United States from 1865
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychological Science3
Total 16-17
SECOND SEMESTER: 15-16 Credit Hours
EDU 200 Foundations of Education 3
PSY 202 Developmental Psychology Adolescent 3
PSY 261 Psychology of Learning and Behavior Disorders 3
HED 130 Foundations of Health and Wellness 3

* MTH 150 or higher. See advisor for appropriate placement.

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