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Teacher assistant diploma curriculum

Working with children requires an approach that is both structured and flexible. Our teacher assistant diploma curriculum is designed to equip you with real-world educational and communication skills to interact with children, teachers, and parents. From key concepts in the classroom and time management, to how to make smart disciplinary decisions, you’ll graduate with an understanding of what it takes to support a teacher in the classroom.

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.

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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.

Planning for a smart career path

Ashworth College API Program Name Career Diploma program help you develop the confidence you need to reach for your career goals because we integrate job search prep into your studies. With the online tools at the Ashworth College Central Network, you’ll get step-by-step guidance as you create polished, professional resumes and letters. After you graduate, you’ll keep your Ashworth College Central Network account so you can revisit the tools any time you need to make a good impression on a potential employer. Learn more about it at the Career Services page.

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