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Certificate Program

Department:Dept. of Education & Human Services

School(s): Community Engagement & Development

MCC Program Code: TA03
CIP Code: 13.1501
NYSED Code (BRI): 31880
NYSED Code (DCC): 31881

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New, Transfer, or Re-admit students should contact Admissions at (585) 292-2200 or

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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
For related jobs: Career Coach
Occupational Resource:

Requirements for Program Entrance
Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry or Math 104 (Level 6).

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
EDU 100 Introduction to the Teaching Profession1
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
HED 116 Issues in Child Development and Health3
MTH 155 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychological Science3
SCI 131 Integrated Science for Future Teachers I - The Physical World4
SECOND SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
EDU 200 Foundations of Education 3
MTH 156 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II 3
PSY 261 Psychology of Learning and Behavior Disorders 3
SCI 132 Integrated Science for Future Teachers II - The Living World 4
PSY 201 Developmental Psychology Child 3