Teacher Assistant Training

Rhode Island Law (RIGL 16-11.2) establishes requirements related to the employment, training, and use of teacher assistants. One of the requirements is participation in an approved Teacher Assistant Training Program.

The Northern Rhode Island Collaborative is a R.I. Department of Education approved training site for Teacher Assistant Training. The program is held at NRIC's Main Office and consists of 15 classroom hours (7 sessions) and a 6-hour Northern Rhode Island Collaborative classroom field experience.

For more information on the legal requirements for teacher assistants, along with resources, networking, and training opportunities, please refer to the RI Department of Education website

Training Program

The program is held at NRIC's Professional Development Training Center and consists of 15 classroom hours (7 sessions) and a 6-hour NRIC classroom field experience.   

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Roles and responsibilities of teacher assistants, school policies & procedures
  • Developing instructional skills, utilizing a plan book, teaching to learner objectives, testing and evaluative materials, technology in the classroom
  • Behavior and classroom management and instructional strategies
  • Health, safety and emergency procedures including basic first aid awareness, universal precautions, recognizing and reporting child abuse/neglect, safe lifting techniques

The cost is $270.00 including materials. The following is the upcoming schedule of classes:

  • July 11-July 20

Click here to register for any one of the sessions. Please contact Lisa Berthiaume at lberthiaume@nric-ri.org. should you need additional information. 

Parapro Assessment Test

According to the R.I. Department of Education, another requirement that needs to be fulfilled in order to become a teacher assistant is the successful passing of the ParaPro Assessment Test.   The Northern Rhode Island Collaborative is a designated testing site for the Internet version of the ParaPro Assessment Test.   To view a sample test and to review the Parapro Study Guide, please go to the Educational Testing Service website: http://www.ets.org/parapro.   

The cost for the 2 1/2-hour test at NRIC is $75.00.  Cash or checks are accepted for payment only; no credit cards.  For further details on scheduling the test at NRIC, please contact Lisa Berthiaume at (401) 495-2019 or email lberthiaume@nric-ri.org.



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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