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2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Teaching Assistant, Advanced Skill Set

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Lori Barrett, Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator
Laboratory Preschool Director

144 Education Building / (304)367-4848
Locust Avenue Campus

Program Purpose

The Early Childhood Teaching Assistant Advanced Skill Set Certificate is designed for individuals currently employed as a Teacher’s Aide III in a public school setting. Completion of this Skill Set allows promotion to Teacher’s Aide IV.

This 15 credit hour Advanced Skill Set builds on the six credit hours required for the Teacher’s Aide Skill Set and provides coursework to strengthen the teaching assistant’s effectiveness in the classroom.

NOTE: Students in this program must pass a background check.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Early Childhood Teaching Assistant Advanced Skill Set Certificate, completers are able to do the following:

  • Analyze health and safety practices in the early childhood environment
  • Identify and implement appropriate sanitation practices in the early childhood classroom
  • Identify and obtain documentation necessary for employment in a child care center as required by the West Virginia Child Care Licensing regulations
  • Recognize appropriate curriculum for a quality early childhood program
  • Apply classroom guidance techniques in work with young children
  • Incorporate knowledge of early childhood developmental processes and theories related to growth and learning into developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) experiences


The Early Childhood Teaching Assistant Advanced Skill Set Certificate will satisfy the West Virginia Department of Education’s qualifications for teacher’s Aide IV and allows current teacher’s aides a pathway for advancement with courses that can also be applied towards the Early Childhood AAS Degree.

Notice to All Students

See “Occupational Development ” for Early Childhood Practitioner Information.

This program alone does not qualify for financial aid. Students seeking financial aid eligible degrees may incorporate the classes as electives when their schedule allows or may declare an Associate or Certificate of Applied Science degree major of study in which the courses are embedded.

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