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New York State Department of Civil Service Announces Open-Competitive Examination Open to the Public

Teaching Assistant

Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
August 08, 2011


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Salary Grade Fee
28-247 Teaching Assistant $31,181 G-9 $25

Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before September 30, 2011, you must have one of the following appropriate certificates/licenses issued by the New York State Education Department:

IMPORTANT: Candidate's application for certification MUST commence by August 8, 2011. For information on obtaining Teaching Assistant certification, you must contact the Office of Teaching Initiatives, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, 5N Education Building, Albany, NY 12234. Information is also available on the Education Department's website at: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/career/(External Link).


  1. Fingerprints, Child Abuse Screening, and Fees: Fingerprinting and/or child abuse screening is sometimes required at the time of appointment. If so, you may be required to pay the processing fee(s).
  2. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  3. New York State residence is not required.
  4. In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.*

* Revised Material - 7/5/11


The Positions

These positions are 10 month positions existing in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, the Office of Children and Family Services, and the Office of Mental Health.

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As a Teaching Assistant, you would, under general supervision of a fully qualified teacher, perform duties related to providing direct instructional service to students. Some of these duties include, but would not be limited to: utilizing suggested techniques and lesson plans, tests and teaching aids developed by a fully qualified teacher, instructing learners individually or in groups for the purpose of conveying specific and limited subject matter; reinforce subject matter previously taught by a teacher by guiding pupils through a prescribed and frequently repetitive learning exercise; administering, proctoring, and correcting tests; preparing training aids and utilizing technology and computers as part of the learning environment; maintaining group control in the class; and accompanying learners on field trips or on special activities.

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Subject of Examination

There will be no written test. The test will consist of an evaluation of your education and experience. When you apply, you must provide complete information to show that you meet the minimum qualifications. Do NOT send resumes. If you apply using the NYS-APP form and you need more space, attach additional 8 1/2" x 11" sheets following the same format used on the application form. Additional unsolicited information will not be accepted after the last date for filing.

If you meet the Minimum Qualifications you will be sent a supplemental questionnaire to complete and return. The questionnaire will be used to evaluate your education and experience against the general background/critical activities of the position. This questionnaire will be the only basis for rating your education and experience.

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.

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How To Apply

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If you do not receive a confirmation number after submitting your online application, your application was NOT processed.

Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

Eligibility for Employment

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

In addition, it is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to enjoy equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their applications. Further information is available from the Special Arrangements Unit of the Department of Civil Service at 518-457-2487 [press 2, then press 2] in the Albany area, toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 2], or via TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf) at 518-457-8480.

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Issued: 6/24/2011
* Revised Material: 7/5/11

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