Teacher Assistant Qualifications

  • Teacher Assistants must meet the minimum qualifications listed below for paraeducators hired after January 8, 2008.

     

    TEACHER ASSISTANT QUALIFICATIONS

    Canddiates must meet ALL 3 requirements below

    EACH QUALIFICATION AT LEFT MAY BE MET BY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

     1) High School Graduation

    • High School Diploma, Official Transcripts or Verification Letter*
    • General Education Development Certificate (GED)
    • High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)
    • Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC)
    • California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE)
    • Associate Degree or higher* 

     2) District Proficiency

     

     3) Instructional Assistance

    • Instructional Assistance Test
    • 48 Semester or 72 Quarter Units*
    • Associate Degree or higher*
    • Foreign Bachelor's Degree evaluated by an Approved Organization* 

     *Institution/organization must have accreditation from a District accepted accrediting agency and current enrollment and course work must be certified as counting toward a baccalaureate degree and teacher credential.

     (Official transcripts are preferred documents for verification. Names on all documents must match exactly including any and all middle names/initials, additional surnames, or suffixes, or documentation showing proof of name change is required.)

    In addition to the minimum requirements, per California Education Codes 10020, 44323, & 44926 Teacher Assistants must present a completed Application for Issuance of Teacher Assistant Certificate.  This document provides verification of current enrollment in college/university.  College/university must be California-based and have accreditation from a District accepted accrediting agency; course work must be certified as counting toward a baccalaureate degree and/or teaching credential. Furthermore, TAs must maintain continuous college enrollment and meet all unit completion requirements to remain employed as a TA.  See the Teacher Assistant College Enrollment and Unit Completion Verification section for more details. 

Teacher Assistant College Requirement

  • In order to comply with Article VIII of the Unit F Union Contract (Pg. 18 -21), the following is the contractual obligation for course completion:

     

    For Degree-Track Teacher Assistant College Requirements: (All TAs hired on or after January 28, 1991)

    1. Maintain continuous enrollment in college courses.
    2. Successfully complete 12 qualifying college semester/quarter units each school year (July 1 – June 30).
    3. Submit acceptable evidence of enrollment at the beginning of each semester/quarter.
    4. Submit transcripts or a grade report from the college verifying completed courses from the previous school year.

     

    For Non-Degree Track Teacher Assistant College Requirements: (TAs active prior to January 28, 1991 or Degree-Track TAs who hold at least a preliminary-level teaching credential)

    1. Maintain continuous enrollment in and successfully complete a college course directly related to the employee’s service to the District.  These courses must be for the purpose of increasing the employee’s knowledge, understanding and skills related to the employee’s employment by the District.
    2. Submit acceptable evidence of enrollment at the beginning of each semester.
    3. Submit transcripts or a grade report from the college verifying completed courses each term.

New Online Teacher Assistant Application

  • Apply to Become a Teacher Assistant

     

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    If you meet the minimum qualifications and are currently enrolled in college*, apply by clicking the link above.  You will be directed to a website where you will have to create a profile.  Once you have created your profile, be sure to select the Teacher Assistant and deselect K-12 Teacher/Counselor in the Applicant Type Field.Be sure that all documents used for proof of qualifications are the originals with names matching exactly (including middle name/initials, additional surname, or suffixes) to all identification documents that will be used for processing.

     

    Per California Education Codes 10020, 44323, & 44926 Teacher Assistants must present a completed** Application for Issuance of Teacher Assistant Certificate.  This document provides verification of current enrollment in college*.  In addition, TAs must maintain continuous college enrollment and meet all unit completion requirements to remain employed as a TA.  See the Teacher Assistant College Enrollment and Unit Completion Verification section for more details.     

    *California-based institution/organization must have accreditation from a District accepted accrediting agency and current enrollment and course work must be certified as counting toward a baccalaureate degree and teacher credential.

    **Section III of the Application for Issuance of Teacher Assistant Certificate DOES NOT need to be completed at the time the application is submitted; however, it will need to be completed by your school of employment if hired.