What You'll Learn
Our teacher assistant training combines an introduction to child development and psychology with practical tools to promote learning in the classroom. Everything you learn in our Teacher Assisting course is applicable in the real world. Key concepts include…
- Determining age-appropriate learning activities
- Planning relevant lessons
- Relating to parents
- Promoting safety
- Teaching children with special needs
Lesson 1: A Day in the Life of a Teacher Assistant
Lesson 2: The Teacher Assistant In The Diverse Classroom
What is a paraeducator?; the roles of the paraeducator; requirements for becoming a paraeducator; constructing an education philosophy; workplace ethics and conduct.
Lesson 3: Research Applications For The Classroom
The concept of cultural diversity as applied to education; ways to overcome personal biases and stereotypes; major laws governing the education of ESL students; strategies for working with children and families of different cultures.
Lesson 4: Child Development
Brain-based learning; the twelve design principles of brain-based learning; collaborative teaching; findings in the 20/20/20 Wisconsin Research; elements of good paraeducator practice.
Lesson 5: Preparation For New Challenges
The needs of children; stages of prenatal development; normal growth patterns in children; signs of developmental problems; theories of child and language development; emotional and moral development; humor.
Lesson 6: Learning Activities
Preparing the classroom environment; maintaining order and safety; approaching, working and communicating with children; the preschool curriculum; activities for toddlers and infants; routine activities.
Lesson 7: Games and Learning Centers
Identifying children's interests; writing activity plans; using various materials in subject-matter activities; evaluating your activity planning.
Lesson 8: Children with Special Needs
The reasons for games; how to group for games; preparing games; making games fun; setting up the game environment; gathering materials for games and learning centers.
Lesson 9: Managing Children's Behavior
Federal and state laws as they relate to children with special needs; the signs of a child with special needs; categories of special needs; working with children with special needs and their parents; future trends for the special education paraeducator.
Lesson 10: Classroom Organization
Know your students; create limits and enforce them; anticipate and prevent inappropriate behavior; consequences; handling confrontations; strategies for maintaining order; positive reinforcement.
Lesson 11: Learning the Ways of Your Workplace
Physically organizing and arranging a classroom; handling, filing and storing paperwork; keeping daily records, counts and forms; managing your time; setting up classroom procedures.
Your rights as a paraeducator; pursuing professional development; understanding school or center policies for paraeducators; record-keeping and personnel files; your professional review.
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What You Get
Get the latest teaching procedures from knowledgeable instructors with years of experience in their field. Our course combines a balance of theoretical concepts and practical application. Your tuition covers:
- Comprehensive teacher assistant textbook & study guides
- Open-book, online exams
- Dedicated academic support and tutoring
- Participation in the Student Community
- Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®
Graduates of our teacher assistant training receive a personalized diploma and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. You’ll be ready for a worthwhile career in a field you’ll love.
Children need you now. Begin your Teacher Assisting course today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.