Occ. Code 3972200


                                                                                                            TEACHING ASSISTANT, GRADE 9       


New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard




Teaching Assistants provide direct instructive services to learners in a formal education program within the framework of specific instructions from a fully qualified teacher or instructor.  They assist teachers by performing a variety of tasks concerned with the instruction and evaluation of learners, which do not require the mastery of the subject matter or the skill level required of a fully qualified teacher or instructor.


Teaching Assistants deal with learners having a broad range of physical and mental aptitudes, abilities, interests, social and academic backgrounds and ages in addition to some physical, mental or emotional problems, and/or learning disabilities. In addition, many of these learners have exhibited behaviors requiring institutionalization.


Teaching Assistants are classified only in those agencies having formal education programs for their clients such as the Office of Mental Health, the Office of Children and Family Services, and the Department of Correctional Services.




Teaching Assistants are paraprofessional, typically non-supervisory, positions.  They perform instructional tasks that are either routine or directly observed by a fully qualified Teacher.  They are distinguished from Teacher 1-4 by their limited responsibility for the overall education process and by the performance of tasks that do not require mastery of either the subject matter or of the skills taught.    Although Teaching Assistants may participate in instruction, they are not the primary instructors for a course of instruction, nor are they responsible for planning the course of instruction or for evaluation of learners progress.



Utilizing suggested techniques and lesson plans, tests and teaching aids developed by a fully qualified teacher, instructs learners individually or in groups for the purpose of conveying specific and limited subject matter.

·        Verbally presents the subject matter to learners.

·        Maintains group control in the class and if necessary requests assistance following prescribed facility policy.

·        Responds to questions concerning the subject matter presented, occasionally referring the questioner to appropriate source material or referring the matter to a fully qualified teacher.

Reinforces subject matter previously taught by a teacher by guiding an individual or small group through a prescribed and frequently repetitive learning exercise.

·        Explains specific exercise to learners and demonstrates the techniques and methods to be used.

·        Observes and listens to learners while they perform the prescribed learning exercises.

·        Assists those who do not perform the exercises accurately by referring them to the subject matter previously taught and by providing them with special help in the techniques and methods to be used.

Administers, proctors, and corrects both standard tests and specially prepared tests for the purpose of evaluating learners' abilities and progress. 

·        Administers and scores standard tests to measure learners' achievement level and/or progress in learning a specific subject. 

·        Maintains order and attempts to provide standard testing conditions during test administration.

·        Provides the test scores to a fully qualified teacher with any appropriate comments on the learners' behavior and/or effort displayed during any instructing or testing periods. 

Prepares training aids including audiovisual and testing equipment and may operate computers and related technologies.

·        Within the framework of specific instructions or guidance provided by lesson plans, copies from source material and may reproduce using simple copying equipment, notes, charts, sketches, graphs, etc. to be used during the instruction period.  May download pertinent documents from the Internet.

·        Sets up and operates audiovisual and mechanical programmed teaching equipment such as VCRs, scanners, CD/DVD players, cassette players, movie projectors, overhead projectors, controlled reading equipment, etc.

·        May operate computers and facilitate distance learning activities and other programs on the Internet.

·        During the operation of the equipment may provide narrative explanations of the subject matter presented and may coach and guide learners through instructional period.

·        May perform cleaning and minor routine maintenance of the mechanical equipment such as cleaning, oiling, changing belts, etc.

May accompany learners on field trips or on special activities, guiding them in such a manner as to reinforce formal instruction.


Teaching Assistants engage in frequent face-to-face oral communications with learners in a group or on an individual basis for the purpose of communicating instructions, reinforcing prior lessons and providing special help to learners having difficulty with specific subject matter. They receive written and oral information from learners which must be assessed and to which they must respond.  They provide oral and occasional written evaluation reports to a teacher or other supervisor and attend and participate in periodic meetings designed to give information and discuss problems concerning both individual learners and the content of the course of instruction.

Teaching Assistants occasionally participate in discussions with other members of the program or treatment staff for the purpose of assessing and modifying the learners' program to more effectively meet their needs.


Teaching Assistant is primarily a non-supervisory class. However, there may be occasions where incumbents would head a small group of program aides in supervising learners in activities, primarily field trips, designed to reinforce the more formal education process.

Teachings Assistants are supervised by a fully qualified teacher or education supervisor who provides specific oral and written instructions, observes the incumbents performance, and evaluates the quality of work by noting learners' progress. Although there is some measure of independence, instructional tasks are performed within the framework of an instructional plan developed by the Teacher responsible for the specific course of instruction.


Possession of a current Level 3 Teaching Assistant Certificate or a current Pre-professional Teaching Assistant Certificate as issued by the NYS Education Department.


Requirements for Continued Employment:  


Employees must maintain New York State certification as a Teaching Assistant in order to continue employment with New York State.




Date:  6/05


NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.