Teacher Assistant Certification Training Program


  • High School diploma or higher.

  • Pass the CASAS GOALS test with a minimum score of 228 Reading and 215 Math (for those holding a HS diploma/GED only)

Program Duration

  • 4 weeks:

  • TA Class: Tues. & Thurs. 6pm - 9pm

    (Dates and times may vary depending on the class)

Course Components

  • 24 hours of classroom instruction

    • Individuals holding a college degree (AA, BA, or higher) are exempt from the last 12 hours of classroom instruction

  • 3-hours of job shadowing

    • If you are already working as a Paraprofessional this requirnment may vary

  • ParaPro Assessment

    • Individuals holding a college degree (AA, BA, or higher) are exempt from this component

  • All TA certificate recipients are required to fill out the program Exit Form

Upcoming Online Sessions

October 20th, 2020 - November 12th, 2020 - Tuesday & Thursdays, 5:30 pm -8 :30 pm - Wednesdays, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm (Work Readiness component required for English Language Learners) Our next sessions in 2021 :

  • January 5th - January 28th
  • February 9th - March 4th
  • March 16th - April 8th
  • April 19th - May 13th
  • May 24th - June 17th

The Teacher Assistant Certification Training Program, approved by the RI Department of Education (RIDE), offers the opportunity to become a full-time, part-time or substitute teacher assistant. This program is delivered by a team of highly qualified teachers, teacher assistants, healthcare professionals, and ESOL instructors. Cost: $305.

Enrollment is on a first come first serve basis and space is limited.

Contact information:

     Fatima Martin at fmartin@riilsr.org  and  (401) 307 - 1928

     Haley De La Rosa hdelarosa@riilsr.org

Rhode Island Institute for Labor Studies & Research

1540 Pontiac Ave, Suite A

Cranston, RI 02920
Phone - 401.463.9900  |  Fax - 401.463.8190