Community College of Rhode Island

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Cindy Pennacchia

ParaPro Assessment

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Denise Szmczuk

Teacher Assistant Training

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To be employed as a teacher assistant in RI the following criteria must be met:
Have a high school diploma OR general equivalency (GED®)
Must have completed a RIDE approved Teacher Assistant Training Program approved by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)
Exceptions to this qualification are:
  • Certification as a TA in another state, OR
  • Hold an associate's degree or bachelor's degree and have completed coursework or other training that covers the knowledge and skills needed for entry level instructional TAs as articulated in RIDE TA Standards. The law does not specify the degree has to be in education or a related field, but training needs to have covered the Standards regarding TA knowledge and skills.
  • More info on CCRI's Teacher Assistant Training Program below
Must meet one of the following 3 requirements:
  • Completed at least 2 years of study at an institution of higher education. OR
  • Obtained an associate's or higher degree. OR
  • Met a rigorous standard of quality and can demonstrate, through a formal State or local academic assessment: knowledge and ability to assist in instructing, reading, writing, and mathematics; OR reading, writing, and mathematics readiness. (The ParaPro is the state recognized assessment for RI.)
  • More info on the ParaPro Assessment and the Review Course
For more information on becoming a teacher assistant and resources for teacher assistants please visit the RI Department of Education Teacher Assistant Website.

Teacher Assistant Training Program

This program provides training consistent with state standards for anyone interested in being employed as a full-time, part-time or substitute teacher assistant. Instruction is provided by a multidisciplinary team. Topics to be addressed include: roles and responsibilities of the teacher assistant; human development; diversity; special education; basic rights; school health and safety; the instructional process; school laws; computer and technology skills; positive classroom climate; and team-building. Students also will be required to complete three hours of job shadowing a TA.

A certificate recognized by RIDE is awarded upon successful completion of all classes, assignments, job shadowing and the final exam.

Participants must successfully complete a reading, language and mathematics assessment test at the first class session. On the day of the pretest, you must present acceptable identification that includes your name, photograph and signature such as a current valid photo driver's license, a photo employment ID, a current valid passport, military identification, a photo student ID accompanied by an additional photo or signature ID (photo credit cards or check cashing cards). Although this is a noncredit training program, one credit is transferable to CCRI's Human Services programs.

$299 (includes pre-test, registration fee and training manual)

50092 TCHR-1000-150 & 50093 TCHR-2000-150
Monday & Wednesday, 6-9p.m., 14 meetings, March 2 - April 15, 2015

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50090 TCHR-1000-001 & 50091 TCHR-2000-001
Tuesday & Thursday, 6-9p.m., 14 meetings, February 19 - April 7, 2015

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