Typical certification requires a high school diploma, proven proficiency in English, a set number of college course credits and a set number of classroom experience hours. The requirements for teacher assistant certification vary by region.
In New York state, the teacher assistant certification program is a three-tier process. Once the individual clears the basic requirements, which include a clean criminal record, a high school diploma, English proficiency and legal authorization to work in the United States, the process of reaching level-one certification begins. To achieve the level-one certificate, several steps must be completed. These include passing the assessment of teaching assistant skills exam and completion of a child abuse course.
Level-two certification requires one year of experience working as a level-one assistant. In addition, nine units of college level coursework must be completed. These units must be used toward either an associates or baccalaureate degree. Level-three certification requires certificates for both of the previous levels as well as a total of 18 college credits. Each level of certification must be applied for on the New York Education Department website.
Teacher assistant certification varies by region. The best way to determine local certification requirements is checking the state education department website.