There are a variety of ways to meet the requirements to become a New York State certified teacher.
Part-time students enrolled in approved undergraduate studies can apply for Aid for Part-time Study.
Includes the GI Bill, Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program and Vocational Rehabilition.
Adult Career & Continuing Ed Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) offers access to a range of employment and independent living services for persons with disabilities
Visit site: http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/
In order to work as a Teaching Assistant (also known as paraprofessional in NYC) in any public school in New York, you must hold a valid Teaching Assistant certificate.