Teacher Assisting Program

In the Teacher Assisting program you'll learn the real-world skills necessary for success as a teacher assistant or paraprofessional in the lower grade classroom. You'll graduate knowing how to nurture and educate a diverse student population, as well as how to interact with teachers, parents and administrators.

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

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Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

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.

Introduction to Early Childhood Education  

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  

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 Teacher Assistant in the Diverse Classroom  

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.

Instructional Supervision  

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

Effective Instruction  

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.

Organization and Management of the Learning Environment  

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.

Learner Characteristics  

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  

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.

Time as a Behavior Management Tool  

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.

Professionalism in the Workplace  

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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Program Description

The Teacher Assisting program is designed to help students understand and develop the skills and attitudes they need to be successful as a teacher assistant/paraprofessional in a variety of settings. Through this program, students will learn how to work successfully with a diverse population of students, as well as how to professionally deal with classroom teachers, parents, administrators, and others who have a stake in the educational process. Finally, students will have the opportunity to learn about important legal, ethical, and professional standards of conduct.

Program Objectives

After completing the Teacher Assisting program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the typical job responsibilities of a teacher assistant, identify the different settings where jobs may be available, and describe the attitudes and behavior of a professional in this field.
  2. Identify and describe important legislation that impacts the field of education.
  3. Explain the professional and ethical standards of conduct established by different regulatory and educational groups, and describe how these standards impact the profession.
  4. Describe how to work successfully with a diverse student body, as well as how to organize and manage the classroom in order to promote a safe, effective learning environment where the knowledge transfer can occur.
  5. Identify stakeholders in the education of children and describe how you can work cooperatively and effectively with them.
  6. Explain key concepts related to classroom management and organization, including the cycle of instruction, classroom techniques and procedures, time management, and thoughtful disciplinary decisions.

Our Teacher Assisting program gives you the practical knowledge you need to get started. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online today.