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New York State Teacher Assistant Certification Requirements

Teacher assistants can contribute to the education of children while pursuing postsecondary studies. A high school diploma and a passing score on an assessment test are required of New York state residents who want to enter this career field.

Western and central New York are currently experiencing a high demand for qualified teacher assistants. High school graduates are eligible to pursue this career option. Those who are interested in a teaching career may also opt to gain practical experience as a teacher assistant while pursuing their degree. Through this article, you can learn more about New York's educational/certification requirements for teacher assistants.

Certification Requirements for New York Teacher Assistants

Average Salary for Teacher Assistants in New York (2016)* $28,400
Required Education High School Diploma
Degree Field N/A
Testing Requirements ATAS

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Pass the ATAS

The Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills (ATAS) test is three hours in length. Aspiring teacher assistants must register to take the test first and pay a fee of $71. The ATAS test is taken on computers and a score of 220 is required to pass the ATAS. Study guides are accessible online, and they can be used to prepare for the ATAS. It is an option to pay $20 to take an online practice test and receive feedback before taking the ATAS. Teacher assistants must also pass a background check and apply for the Teaching Certificate Level I.

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Step 2: Obtain Teaching Certificate Level II

Once you have passed the ATAS, you are eligible to work as a teacher assistant in New York; however, there are specific requirements that must be fulfilled to maintain employment. Teacher assistants have three years to earn the Teaching Certificate Level II. This involves completing enough college courses to earn nine college credits. Once the education requirements are met, teacher assistants can apply to the education department for the Level II certificate.

Step 3: Obtain Teaching Certificate Level III

After earning the Teaching Certificate Level II, teacher assistants have an additional three years to earn a Level III certificate. In order to qualify, they must earn another nine college credits within three years of receiving a Level II certificate. Once they have earned the additional college credits, they can apply to the education department for Level III certification.

Teacher Assistant Certification Resources

To prepare to take the ATAS exam, use the link provided below to access a practice and study guide.


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