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 Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program
Learning at Ashworth
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.
Defining early childhood education; understanding the importance of early interactions, experiences, and developmental milestones; identifying the different roles and positions available to educators in the early childhood field; describing the role of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in early childhood education programs.
Lesson Group 2: Paraprofessionals in the Classroom
A Day in the Life of a Teacher Assistant
The Teacher Assistant in the Diverse Classroom
A definition of the term paraeducator and list desirable personality traits for individuals in this role; the variety of roles performed by paraeducators; environments where paraeducators work; the primary reason that paraeducators are hired and three advantages to hiring them; the requirements for becoming a paraeducator and how these vary by state; the effects of “No Child Left Behind” legislation; the four components of professional conduct.
The concept of cultural diversity as applied to education; ways to overcome personal biases and stereotypes; major laws that govern the education of English as a Second Language (ESL) students; strategies for successfully working with children and families of different languages and cultures.
A definition of the term supervision; why supervision is important for paraeducators; the different types of supervision that a paraeducator may encounter; how the supervision a paraeducators receive in the classroom relates to the supervision they give to others in the classroom.
Lesson Group 3: Instruction and Learning
Organization and Management of the Learning Environment
How effective instruction relates to curriculum as well as to the abilities and performance of students; different techniques used to evaluate student learning; the components of the cycle of effective instruction; the adult behaviors that can influence student motivation; forms of appropriate feedback to provide to students.
The teacher’s role as classroom manager; the paraprofessional’s role in classroom management; how curriculum requirements influence classroom organization; how achievement standards and testing impact classroom organization and influence the management of the learning environment.
The three basic learning styles; multiple intelligence theory; the cognitive and metacognitive processes involved in student learning; the social influences that impact a student’s ability to learn; appropriate instructional aids that can be used to assist students in processing information.
Lesson Group 4: Classroom Management and Professionalism
Managing Children’s Behavior
Time as a Behavior Management Tool
The importance of behavior management; how to determine and enforce appropriate limits for students; how to anticipate and prevent inappropriate behavior; designing appropriate consequences for inappropriate behavior; how to handle confrontations; how to apply different strategies to maintain order; extrinsic and intrinsic rewards; the appropriate use of praise.
Professionalism in the Workplace
The different types of “time” in a learning environment; how observation can be used to monitor student use of time; different methods of observation and recording.
Basic terminology related to the laws that that govern the job of the paraeducator; the ways in which the federal government defines and restricts the work of paraprofessionals; state requirements for paraprofessionals; school district guidelines that may oversee paraprofessional work; a definition of “professional behavior”; what professionalism means to a paraprofessional; effective conflict-resolution techniques; confidentiality requirements as they relate to paraprofessionals.
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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 textbook and study guides
- Online, open-book exams
- Dedicated academic support and tutoring
- Access to 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.