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Fall 2021 - Summer 2022 Academic Catalog 
Fall 2021 - Summer 2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching Assistant Certificate

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School: Business and Professional Careers
Academic Dept: Education
HEGIS: 5503

Important Note about Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program from Fall 2021 to Summer 2022. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.

Students are encouraged to apply early due to an extraordinary demand.

Program Description

The Teaching Assistant certificate provides an opportunity for teaching assistants and other individuals interested in childhood education to begin their higher education in a gradual and supportive manner and to meet the new state and/or federal requirements. For some individuals, this will be the first step in a process for obtaining a baccalaureate degree and teaching certification.

This certificate will prepare students to complete the NY state certification requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  1. Articulate pedagogical values rooted in a strengths-based perspective of children and families.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of how to advocate for and partner with children and families of diverse backgrounds. 
  3. Demonstrate understanding of education as a mechanism for social change.

Program Map

The academic map below presents the recommended plan of study and will guide you through your program in a timely manner. Click the course abbreviations for full course descriptions. A course may be critical because it is a pre-requisite, requires a minimum grade, or because it is only offered once a year. Missing a critical course may push back your graduation date. Meet with an Academic Counselor or Faculty Advisor to ensure you are on track to complete your program.

Critical Courses should be taken in the order shown to stay on track and graduate on time.


 Semester 1

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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
EDU 101     3  
EDU 103   3  
ENG 101     3  
PSYCH 101     3  
Semester Total Credits     12  

Semester 2

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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
EDU 200   3  
PSYCH 109   3  
EDU 202   3  
ENG 102     3  
Semester Total Credits     12  

Minimum Total Credits: 24

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed this program, and other important information please visit Teaching Assistant Certificate - GE Disclosure. For an overview of all gainful employment disclosures at Westchester Community College, visit

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