A unique opportunity for TA's at Syracuse City School District!

In a new partnership, SCSD teaching assistants can pursue a Associate's Degree in Humanities from Onondaga Community College without even needing to travel to the OCC campus.  Make a difference in your community and gain hands-on experience all while earning money and your degree!     
  • Courses will directly relate to your work as a TA.
  • You'll work alongside other TA's so that you can connect with each other, support each other, and connect the coursework to your work experience.
  • Each course you complete will count toward professional development at SCSD.
  • You'll take your courses from the convenience of SCSD, not on OCC campus.
  • After 3 years, you'll graduate with an Associate's Degree in Humanities & Social Sciences -- a solid foundation for your career, or you can transfer your credits to a four-year school to continue working toward a Bachelor's Degree!  
  • Tuition assistance provided

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Teaching Assistants provide instructional services to students under the general supervision of a licensed or certified teacher.  

Essential job duties include:

  • Work with individual pupils or groups of pupils on special instructional projects
  • Provide the teacher with information about pupils which will assist the teacher in the development of appropriate learning and behavioral experiences
  • Assist pupils in the use of available instructional resources, and assisting in the development of instructional materials
  • Utilize their own special skills and abilities by assisting in instructional programs in such areas as: foreign languages, arts, crafts, music and similar subjects
  • Assist in related instructional work as required
  • Assist students with specific health-related activities as appropriate

Working Hours

32.5 hours per week, 10 months per year

Certification Requirements

New York State Level I, Level II, Level III, Pre-Professional, or Continuing teaching assistant certificate is required.


Benefits you will receive while working as a TA for SCSD include: 

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Paid time off 
  • NYS Employees Retirement System

Starting Salary

The current new hire salary for SCSD Teaching Assistants is $20,464 per the Unit 8 contractual agreement.

To apply to the program you must: