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Teacher Assistant Training

Please Note our New Locations

  • Teacher Assistant Classes:   
562 Putnam Pike, Greenville, RI  02828
  • ParaPro Assessment Tests:  
12 Breakneck Hill Rd., Lincoln, RI  02865
  • Mail and Payments:  
12 Breakneck Hill Rd., Lincoln, RI  02865


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.

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. 

NRIC is a Rhode Island Department of Education approved training site for Teacher Assistant Training. The program is held at NRIC's Foundations Academy (William Winsor Building), located at 562 Putnam Pike, Greenville, RI 02828 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:





Please contact Lisa Berthiaume should you need additional information. 

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

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

COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES              

  • Stay home if you have the following symptoms:
  • Fever or Chills
  •  Cough
  •  Shortness of breath
  •  Sore Throat
  •  Fatigue
  •  Muscle, body aches or headache
  •  Loss of taste or smell
  •  Nausea, diarrhea or vomiting
  •  Congestion or runny nose
  • Recent (14 days) close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19


Parapro Assessment Test

NRIC is a designated testing site for the Internet version of the ParaPro Assessment Test.  The ParaPro Assessment  is a Reading, Writing and Math assessment required by the State of Rhode Island. 

Tests are administered at our NEW Main Office Location: 

12 Breakneck Hill Rd., Lincoln, RI  02865


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

The ParaPro Assessment Test is available by appointment only.  The fee is $75.00.  A discount of $10.00 is offered to candidates who arrive fifteen minutes early.  We accept Cash (exact change), checks or money orders.  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

 

Testimonials

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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