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Teacher Assistant Training

Launching new careers in education

Our Teacher Assistant Training program is designed to help those interested in building a career in the field of education by setting individuals on the path toward gaining the necessary certification to become a Teacher Assistant with options of working in early childhood education, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and within adult education. 

This program covers topics such as: the types of careers available for teacher assistants; Rhode Island state standards; roles and responsibilities of teacher assistants; principles of human development; diversity and inclusion; special education; behavioral health, safety; instructional practices and procedures; digital literacy skills; ensuring a positive classroom environment; and collaboration and team-building.

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Program Components

Taught by a certified adult education instructor | Specifically designed with working adults in mind | Day or evening classes available | 10-week course | Includes one-week educational practicum and two-week workforce readiness preparation (including resume assistance) | Includes full preparation for ParaPro examination | Passing this exam makes you eligible to work with our partners

Upcoming Sessions

Upcoming session: July 15, 2024

Evening session: Monday - Thursday | 5:30pm - 8:00pm


In-person meetings take place at our South Campus located at 645 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 


  • High School diploma or GED (Note: High School diploma does not have to be from the United States. Diplomas from other countries are equally acceptable.)
  • Intermediate level English proficiency (Note: If English is not your native language, you must pass the CASAS English proficiency test with a minimum score of 215.)
  • U.S. work authorization
  • BCI state background check (cost: $5.00) More information on how to obtain, here.
  • The commitment to finding a job as a teacher assistant


$200 Enrollment fee, includes the cost of the final ParaPro Certification exam (which is $85, and you can take up to 5 times if necessary). 

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Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island strives to create a welcoming environment for all, working to empower the most vulnerable among us for more than 100 years. We meet our clients where they are by providing integrated, wraparound programs and services helping those seeking to overcome educational, cultural, economic, and language barriers.