Oct 04, 2023  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Teacher’s Aide, Skill Set

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Lori Barrett, Early Childhood Program Coordinator
Laboratory Preschool Director
144 Education Building / (304)367-4848
Locust Avenue Campus

Program Purpose

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

The six credit hour skill set includes EC 1106 , Health and Safety in Early Childhood (3 credit hours) EC 1107 , and Early Childhood Curriculum (3 credit hours).

The Skill Set provides coursework to strengthen the teacher’s aide’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 Teacher’s Aide Skill Set Certificate, graduates will be 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
  • Document that all West Virginia Child Care Licensing regulations for center employees are met
  • Recognize appropriate curriculum for a quality early childhood program


The Early Childhood Teacher’s Aide Skill Set will satisfy the West Virginia Department of Education’s qualifications for a Teacher’s Aide III position and allow current Teacher’s Aides a pathway for advancement with courses that can also be applied towards Advanced Skill Set and/or the Early Childhood AAS Degree.

Notice to All Students

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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