Teacher’s Aides are essential to the effective management and flow of classrooms for early childhood education. Teacher’s Aides help to ensure primary teachers, administrators and instructors at this level are able to run an effective and efficient classroom whether as part of an education-focused day care, a nursery school or other education environment for young children Teacher’s Aides support the primary teacher in both instructional and clerical tasks, help with overall class supervision and can assist in a variety of special and day-to-day projects. Professionals committed to early childhood education understand how to communicate with children at this age and also how to design and implement curriculum in all subject areas that is both age- and developmentally-appropriate. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs in this area are projected to grow 14% to 2022.
This program introduces the historical, theoretical and developmental foundations for educating young children and designing and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum in order to provide the primary teacher with the most help possible. This particular program focuses on development of children from birth through age 8, the roles, responsibilities and requirements of individuals working in early childhood classrooms as well as curriculum development so that Teacher’s Aides can assist the teachers most effectively while also helping to cultivate a creative, caring and nurturing environment for young children. This program will introduce early childhood education with a focus on developmental expectations and challenges of young children, supervising and caring for young children, as well as strategies and tools for educating young children by developing thoughtful, engaging and exciting lesson plans that will lay the foundation for their education for years to come.
After completing this program, learners will be able to:
- Analyze the roles, responsibilities, and requirements for those who work in early childhood education (ECE) settings and the evolution of the field of ECE
- Analyze current issues in ECE that have implications for children, families, and society
- Describe the age-related developmental accomplishments of young children from birth through age 8 in each of the developmental domains
- Analyze programs that support individual differences, culturally responsive, and inclusive
- Analyze ECE standards as related to preparing developmentally appropriate activities
- Analyze practices that ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all children
- Compare strategies to develop emotional self-regulation and avoid challenging behaviors
- Describe strategies that foster childcare worker and family partnerships
- Describe the role of assessment/documentation to inform curriculum development
- Analyze how a learning experience reflects a developmentally appropriate practice
- Explain how the curriculum is affected by theories, models, government programs, and standards
- Create a plan to establish reciprocal relationships with families
- Plan developmentally appropriate learning environments and experiences for young children
- Compare different teaching techniques in relationship to children's development and learning
- Compare various forms of assessment for planning, documenting, communicating, and reflecting
- Design developmentally appropriate math, science, technology, literacy, social studies, physical education, creative arts, or other integrated learning experiences
- Use Microsoft Office®
There are several National Certification exams that are available to students who successfully complete this program:
- ETS ParaPro Assessment Certification Exam
- Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam
Note: Inclusion of National Certification exam vouchers vary from school and payment / finance method. To check if they are included, you may message any of our advisors through any of our available channels here
- MyCAA for Eligible US Military Spouses
MyCAA is a $4000 education grant for spouses of service members on active duty in paygrades E1-E5, W1-W2, O1-O2. Spouses married to members of the National Guard and Reserves in the same paygrades, in title 10 orders, are also eligible.
MyCAA covers: tuition, externship and national certification exam vouchers
Our university partners provide, as job aids, at no extra cost: books / workbooks, laptop, mentor support, 12 mos subscription to CampusEd, job placement assistance.
- Army Credentialing Assistance
The Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) program is a government-instituted training and education program that provides a grant of up to $4,000 to eligible soldiers. The grant can be used to enroll in more than 1,600 industry-recognized off-duty career-training certificate programs, licensure exams, and academic or vocational credentials, and even re-certification. It was first made available in October 1, 2019 to the Fort Hood, Fort Campbell, Fort Carson, Fort Drum, Fort Riley, and JBLM bases. As of January 1, 2020, the program is available to all installations.
To see if you qualify, email us here
Grants (Non Military)
- Workforce Grant
We have partnered with private institutions to provide assistance to qualified students. The Workforce Grant is in place to help reinvigorate the workforce amidst the ongoing pandemic. If qualified, a student may receive up to 50% of tuition assistance.
- Zero Interest Monthly Payment Plans
Payment plans are available for any student at zero interest. This option is available for every university partner. Click here for a complete list.