Advanced Skill Set Certificate

Latocha, Kristie

Program Coordinator
304-367-4919
137 Education Building
Locust Avenue Campus, Fairmont
Program Purpose: 

This program is designed to prepare highly qualified Paraprofessionals to work in the elementary and secondary classrooms. This is an 18-credit hour Skill Set that will satisfy the West Virginia Department of Education’s qualifications for a Teacher Aide IV position in both elementary and early childhood classrooms. Students who complete this Skill Set will be prepared to continue in a curriculum that ultimately provides a pathway to a teaching degree.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Demonstrate competency in basic skills, including reading, writing, and mathematical computation, while working with children and assisting the teaching professional
  • Identify developmental stages of growth and development
  • Apply developmentally appropriate teaching strategies while working with special needs children
Opportunities: 

NOTE: A background check is required for employment in this field. Students with this 18-hour Classroom Teaching Assistant Skill Set will be classified as a Teacher Aide IV as defined by the West Virginia Department of Education. Students will have the opportunity to work in a special education classroom in both the elementary and secondary levels. In addition, the graduate will be qualified to work alongside a professional educator in a Kindergarten setting. Many students continue their education by working towards an Associate degree in Para-Education. 

Notice to 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. 

Program Total Credit Hours: 
18 CHs
Support Coursework: 
9 CHs

COM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)
Program Specific Required Coursework: 
9 CHs

COM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

EDUC 2220

Early Childhood Inclusion & Special Education
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)
Model Schedule
Fall Semester

EDUC 1105

Basic Skills for Instruction Support
3
CH(s)

EDUC 2200

Introduction to Education
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
9 CHs
Spring Semester

COM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

EDUC 2200

Introduction to Education
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
9 CHs
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