Certification

Professional Development for Teaching Assistant Level III Certificate Holders

Professional Development Period

Your first professional development period begins on July 1 following the effective date of your Professional teaching certificate.  A professional development year is July 1st - June 30th.

Professional Development Guide for CertiticationClick to download PD Guide for Certificate Holders PDF file (47 KB)

1.  Responsibilities

If you are employed in a public school for 90 or more days of any school year in a professional development cycle …

You must complete 75 hours of professional development every five years. This maintains the validity of this certificate.

If you are not employed in a public school for 90 or more days of any given school year of the professional development cycle and work in a non-public school, special education preschool, or Head Start program …

You must complete professional development every five years. However, the hourly obligation of 75 hours every 5 years is reduced by 10% for every year of your professional development cycle during which you are not employed in a public school.

Example: If you work for 2 years out of the five-year professional development cycle in a non public schiool, you must complete a total of 60 hours of professional development in that period.

  • .20 x 75 hours = 15 (10 percent reduction per year)
  • 75 –15 = 60 hours

Example: If you work for all 5 years out of the five-year professional development cycle in other a than a public school, you must complete a total of 37.50 hours of professional development hours in that period.

  • .50 X 75 hours = 37.50 hours (10 percent reduction per year)
  • 75-37.50 = 37.50

This maintains the validity of Level III Teaching Assistant certificate and allows you to continue to work.

NOTE: This calculation is done automatically and is displayed on your individual professional development record.

2.  Reporting

If you are employed in a public school…

If you are employed in a public school, the district will report all of your professional development hours. It is recommended that the district report this information every year.

If you are not employed in a public school…

If you are not employed in a public school during any portion of the professional development cycle, you must report your hours directly to the Office of Teaching Initiatives annually through Indicates you can Apply Online.

When do I need to start my professional development?

The first professional development period begins on July 1 following the effective date of the Level III teaching assistant certificate.

How will my completed professional development hours be reported?

If you are employed in a public school…

If you are employed in a public school district, the district reports professional development hours on your behalf. It is recommended that this information be reported annually.

If you are not employed in a public school…

If you are not employed in a public school district or BOCES during any portion of your professional development period, you must report completed professional development hours directly to the Office of Teaching Initiatives through . It is recommended that this information be reported annuallyIndicates you can Apply Online.

How do I report to the TEACH system if I do not have a computer?

If you are employed in a public school…

Your school district will report your hours on the TEACH system.

If you are not employed in a public school…

You will need to work with your school to help you submit your hours electronically, or access computers available in public libraries.

 

3.  Allowable Activities

If you are employed in a public school…

Your employing school district approves all professional activities to count towards your continuing professional development requirement. You should seek prior approval from your school district for any professional development that you wish to apply toward your professional development requirements. A suggested planning document form, Continuing Professional Development, District Planning Document is available for use by you and your public school district. The document is optional and is not submitted to the Office of Teaching Initiatives.

If you are not employed in a public school….

You are responsible for obtaining professional development. If you are employed by a school other than a public school, you are urged to work closely with your school administrators to identify the professional development activities that will enhance your ability to perform the work of a Level III Teaching Assistant. Also, you must obtain continuing professional development from an approved provider, such as: public school district, employing non public school, BOCES, State Teacher Resource and Computer Training Center, Special Education Teacher Resources Center (SETRC), institution of higher education, or any comparable entity outside of New York State.

4.  Recordkeeping

If you are employed in a public school…

You must keep a record of all of your professional development activities during the reporting cycle. You should seek approval from your school district for any professional development activity not sponsored by your school district. Required documentation includes:

  • Provider name
  • Date and location of activity
  • Activity Description
  • Hours completed
  • Attendance verification

Records should be up-to-date. You do not submit these forms to the State Education Department. Records must be kept seven years and be made available to the New York State Education Department in the event of an audit.

If you are not employed in a public school…

You must keep a record of all of your professional development activities during the reporting cycle. Required documentation includes:

  • Provider name
  • Date and location of activity
  • Activity Description
  • Hours completed
  • Attendance verification

Records should be up-to-date. You do not submit these forms to the State Education Department. Records must be kept seven years and be made available to the New York State Education Department in the event of an audit.

 

Last Updated: December 30, 2010