Teacher Assistant Training
Students with different abilities and needs require specialized personnel to meet those needs. Teacher assistants help classroom instructors instill the mental, physical and social skills used by successful students in scholastic and domestic life. They are critical to student development, providing direct, personal and instructional care that enables students everyday, for a lifetime.
NRIC is a Rhode Island Department of Education approved training site for Teacher Assistant Training. The program is held at NRIC's Main Office and consists of 17.5 classroom hours (7 sessions) and a 6-hour Northern Rhode Island Collaborative classroom observation.Prospective teacher assistants can find more information and resources on the RI Department of Education website.
Prerequisite: In order to be enrolled in the NRIC Teacher Assistant Course, you must obtain a passing grade of 461 on the ParaPro Assessment and/or completed 2 years of college level courses. The ParaPro Assessment is a Reading, Writing and Math assessment required by the State of Rhode Island.
The training program is held at NRIC's Professional Development Training Center and consists of 17.5 classroom hours (7 sessions) and a 6-hour classroom observation.
Topics covered in the course include:
The cost is $275.00 including materials. The following is the upcoming schedule of classes:
Click Above to register for any one of the sessions. Please contact Lisa Berthiaume at firstname.lastname@example.org. should you need additional information.
Parapro Assessment Test
NRIC is a designated testing site for the Internet version of the ParaPro Assessment Test.
ParaPro Assessment Preparation Class (NEW)
The Northern Rhode Island Collaborative is offering a new ParaPro Assessment Preparation Class for prospective teacher assistants to help them prepare for the ParaPro test.
The fee is $65.00.
When the question was asked, “What specific features of the program were of greatest value to you? Here were some of the responses we received:
"All of the instructors were great. Receiving so many diverse and qualified points of view with instruction was such a benefit."
"The importance of the Teacher Assistant in the classroom was stressed."
"Real class stories-props, informative, interesting."