Teaching Assistant

  • Teaching Assistant
    Check Section Quick Links for Application Information and Forms
    Requirements for becoming a certified Teaching Assistant
    Certification Tools
     Websites & Forms

    Human Resources Department is not responsible for the processing or issuing of instructional certifications.

    Complete instructions to obtain and maintain certifications can be found at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/ta.html or by contacting the New York State Education Department at 518-474-3901. 

    It is your responsibility to check your TEACH account and notify the Human Resources Department via email certifications@buffaloschools.org or in writing to 720 City Hall when your Teaching Assistant certification is issued.  New York State does not contact Human Resources when your certification is issued and Human Resources does not audit certifications to determine whether or not they are initially issued.  Once notified, Human Resources will send you a packet of paperwork that needs to be completed and processed, and membership to the NYS Teacher’s Retirement System is mandatory.

    Application and Payment
    Submit an application and pay the registration fee (Visa or MasterCard accepted) at TEACH online services: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach/

    Materials Required:
    • Copy of High School Diploma or GED
    • Proof of Education
      • Level 1: High School diploma or GED -valid for 3 years and then you must advance to a Level 2 or Level 3 certification which requires college credits and one year of experience.
      • Level 2: 9 college credits (Official College transcripts)-valid for 3 years and cannot be renewed.
      • Level 3: 18 college credits (Official College transcripts)-does not expire, professional development hours required to maintain.
    • SAVE Workshop Certification
    • Child Abuse Prevention Workshop Certification
    • Dignity for All Students Workshop Certification

    Visit either of the websites below for Workshop Certifications OR contact Buffalo State College at 878-5907 or Erie County BOCES at 821-7009.

    Send copies of the above materials to:

    New York State Education Department
    Office of Higher Education
    977 Education Building Annex
    Albany, New York 12234
    Phone: 518-474-3901 x5

    Teacher Assistant Certification Exam
    Registering for your TEACH account does not automatically enroll you for the NYS Teacher Assistant Certification exam.  Please visit http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/ for more information and to register and pay for an upcoming exam. 

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