Apr 23, 2024  
Spring 2023 Academic Catalog 
    
Spring 2023 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

Caperton Center 216 / (304)367-4848
Lori.Barrett@pierpont.edu

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

Opportunities

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.

Early Childhood Teaching Assistant, Advanced Skill Set


Notice to All Students


  • Annual Notification: All career and technical education courses and programs are offered at Pierpont regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, or disability.
  • Advanced Skill Set and Skill Set programs do 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 degree in which the skill set and advanced skill set courses are embedded.
  • Students are reminded to review campus policies and procedures as stated in the catalog.

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