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 ProgramLearning 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.
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 ClassroomA 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 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.