Teaching Assistants

  1. What funding exists for providing professional development to teaching assistants in order to comply with No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements?

  2. Do I have to pass the New York State Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills Test (NYSATAS) in order to be issued a teaching assistant certificate under the February 2, 2004 regulations?

  3. Are the academic and testing requirements for the new teaching assistant certificates different from the Temporary license or Continuing certificate?

  4. I hold a valid NYS classroom teacher certificate. Do I need to apply for a teaching assistant certificate in order to be hired as a teaching assistant? Do I need to take the New York State Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills test?

  5. I hold a valid classroom teaching certificate from a state other than New York. Do I need to apply for a teaching assistant certificate to be hired as a teaching assistant in New York State? Do I need to take the New York State Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills test?

  6. Can the New York State Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills Test be used to satisfy the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requirement?

  7. May I use a passing score on the New York State Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills test to satisfy any of the college credit requirements for teaching assistants?

  8. Will college credit earned years ago be acceptable to satisfy the credit requirements for a Level II, III, or Pre-Professional certificate?

  9. I hold a Temporary teaching assistant license issued under the pre-February 2004 regulations. Would the superintendent of my district be responsible for Applying for a Certificate for a Continuing certificate on my behalf?

  10. In order to meet the college credit requirement of the Level II, Level III or Pre-Professional Teaching Assistant certificate, is it necessary to complete coursework at a New York State college?

  11. Is there a possibility of a time extension to the Level 1 or Level 2 teaching assistant certificates?
  1. What funding exists for providing professional development to teaching assistants in order to comply with No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements?


    One of the specified purposes of NCLB funding is professional development. Title I and Title II funds may be used for ongoing training and professional development to help paraprofessionals meet the statutory requirements.  For more information, go to No Child Left Behind (NCLB).  top

  2. Do I have to pass the New York State Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills Test (NYSATAS) in order to be issued a teaching assistant certificate under the February 2, 2004 regulations?

    All candidates for a Level I, II, III or a Pre-Professional teaching assistant certificate issued after February 2, 2004 must submit evidence to a school district of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance on the New York State Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills test or the Liberal Arts and Science Exam (LAST).

    National Evaluation Systems, Inc. has developed a web site for NYSATAS. The web site contains information on test locations, registration, and fees as well as the NYSATAS preparation guide. The web site is available at http://www.nysatas.nesinc.comtop

  3. Are the academic and testing requirements for the new teaching assistant certificates different from the Temporary license or Continuing certificate?

    Yes, the qualifications are different. search for specific certification requirements top

  4. I hold a valid NYS classroom teacher certificate. Do I need to apply for a teaching assistant certificate in order to be hired as a teaching assistant? Do I need to take the New York State Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills test?

    If you already hold a valid classroom-teaching certificate you may be hired to work as a teaching assistant without obtaining a teaching assistant certificate and you would not be required to take the test.  top

  5. I hold a valid classroom teaching certificate from a state other than NY. Do I need to apply for a teaching assistant certificate to be hired as a teaching assistant in NY State? Do I need to take the New York State Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills test?

    Yes, you will need to apply for a teaching assistant certificate and successfully complete the Assessment of Teaching Skills Test. When you apply, be sure to indicate any experience you have as a teacher under your out-of-state certificate in order that you be evaluated for the appropriate level of teaching assistant certification.  top

  6. Can the New York State Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills Test be used to satisfy the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requirement for teaching assistants?

    Yes, however, NYSATAS is not the only assessment that may be used for NCLB purposes. To learn about other possible assessments that LEAs may use, please refer to NCLB NYS Field Memo #10-2003, at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/nclbhome.htm.

    By January 8, 2006, all Title I paraprofessionals must have either (1) completed two years of college (48 semester hours) or have an associate's or higher degree or (2) passed a formal State or local assessment.

    The field memo explains that local educational agencies may use local tenure reviews or local performance reviews or other assessments as NCLB assessments provided that such assessments meet NCLB requirements. Decisions on what teaching assistants may use to satisfy NCLB requirements are made at the local level.  top

  7. May I use a passing score on the New York State Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills test to satisfy any of the college credit requirements for teaching assistants?

    No, achieving a passing score on the New York State Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills test may not be used to satisfy any college credit requirements.  top

  8. Will college credit earned years ago be acceptable to satisfy the credit requirements for a Level II, III, or Pre-Professional certificate?

    The Department will accept any course work that was taken at an accredited institution that is applicable toward an Associate's or a Bachelor's degree. There is no time limit on the how long ago the credits were completed.  top

  9. I hold a Temporary teaching assistant license issued under the pre-February 2004 regulations. Would the superintendent of my district be responsible for Applying for a Certificate for a Continuing certificate on my behalf?

    If you have remained employed under the temporary teaching assistant, you may be eligible for the Continuing certificate.  You will need to apply for the certificate in TEACH and the school district must enter a superintendent statement in TEACH. top

  10. In order to meet the college credit requirement of the Level II, Level III or Pre-Professional Teaching Assistant certificate, is it necessary to complete coursework at a New York State college?

    No. College coursework is accepted from any regionally accredited, degree granting institution of higher education. This includes those colleges which offer distance learning. If you plan to pursue Pre-Professional certification, the institution of higher learning must have an approved teacher education program in the subject you wish to pursue and completion of program/degree must lead to a teaching certificate in that state.  top

  11. Is there a possibility of a time extension to the Level 1 or Level 2 teaching assistant certificates?

    Holders of a Level I teaching assistant certificate may apply for a one-time only 3 year renewal of the Level I teaching assistant to meet the Level II teaching assistant requirements (9 semester hours of college coursework and one year of employment under a Level I teaching assistant certificate).

    The school district must submit a superintendent statement in TEACH stating that the applicant for the renewal has a commitment of employment in a teaching assistant Level I position.

    Holders of the Level II certificate may not apply for such a renewal and must meet the requirements of a Level III teaching assistant certification.   top

Last Updated: September 11, 2014