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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 requires a 6-hour classroom observation.

Prospective teacher assistants can find more information and resources on the RI Department of Education website.


  • Masks are required while on the premises.
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Training Program

Prerequisite:  In order to be enrolled in the NRIC Teacher Assistant Course, you must obtain a passing grade of 461 on the ParaPro Assessment 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:

  • State TA Requirements, Local Policies and Procedures

  • Your Role as a Teacher Assistant

  • Differentiated Instruction

  • Disability Awareness

  • Behavioral Management & Educational Interventions

  • Health, Safety and Emergency Procedures

  • The Importance of Teamwork


The cost is $275.00 including materials. 

Please follow the link below to register:

October 2021 Session 

Please contact Lisa Berthiaume at lberthiaume@nric-ed.org. should you need additional information. 

Parapro Assessment Test 

NRIC is a designated testing site for the Internet version of the ParaPro Assessment Test.

View the Parapro Study Guide and a sample test at the Educational Testing Service website: http://www.ets.org/parapro.  

The Parapro Assessment Test fee is $75.00.  Cash (exact change) or checks/money order only, please. No credit cards. Checks must clear before the test is administered.  Please contact Lisa Berthiaume for test scheduling and other inquiries.

Lisa Berthiaume
Email: lberthiaume@nric-ed.org
Phone: (401) 495-2019



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."

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