Academy for the Advancement of Teaching Assistants (AATA) Program

Academy for the Advancement of Teaching Assistants (AATA) Program

The Capital Region BOCES and the State University at Albany School of Education are partnering on a new initiative: The Academy for the Advancement of Teaching Assistants (AATA). The AATA program is designed to meet the needs of current teacher aides and/or teaching assistants who are interested in advancing their careers. The program is ideal also for caregivers or individuals looking to return to the workforce or individuals interested in a career change from corporate to classroom. The AATA program provides a unique opportunity to earn the educational and professional credentials required for teacher assistant certification through a variety of resources and supports delivered in a flexible format that combines online learning, seminars, and mentoring.

Why Choose AATA?

Supports for successful program completion

  • Experienced mentors
  • Cohort based model
  • Caring & supportive professors

Program Design

  • Job-related and summer field work
  • Flexible evening seminars
  • Three online courses, one every semester

Flexible, affordable, accommodating

  • Courses offered online
  • Financial assistance available
  • No fee, simple admissions process

Certification pathways

  • No prior experience needed
  • High school diploma or equivalent required
    Information in AATA Program Flyer is included on this webpage

    Summer 2021 Program Schedule

    • Thursday, December 17, 2020 4-5 p.m., Zoom
    • Thursday, January 7, 2021, 4-5 p.m., Zoom
    • Thursday, January 28, 2021, 4-5 p.m., Zoom
    • Thursday, February 11, 2021, 4-5 p.m., Zoom
    • Thursday, March 11, 2021, 4-5 p.m., Zoom
    • Thursday, March 18, 2021, 4-5 p.m., Zoom
    • Thursday, April 1, 2021, 4-5 p.m., Zoom

    Application Information

    Complete your application by visiting the Teaching Assistants Portal

    Admission Requirements

    1. Application
    2. 500 Word or Less Statement – Addressing why you wish to enter the AATA Program.
    3. Letter of Support from Current Employer
    4. Interview (By Invitation Only)


    No Fee



    5 PM on April 23, 2021


    May 7, 2021


    29 Students for the 2021-2022 Year

    Introductory Video

    AATA Goals

    • Increase the diversity of the teaching workforce, particularly in the high-needs districts and schools
    • Establish a career ladder and increase retention of the teacher pipeline
    • Develop a flexible and supportive pathway to gain the knowledge and skills to become an effective teacher assistant in the classroom

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    For More Information, Contact:

    Kelly Masline, Capital Region BOCES, 518-464-3971,

    Dr. Jerry Rivera-Wilson, Academy for the Advancement of Teaching, Leadership and Schools (AATLAS), School of Education, University at Albany, (518) 442-5028,

    Contact Us

    Catskill 253
    1400 Washington Avenue
    Albany, NY 12222

    Phone:  518.442.5028