Associate in Arts (AA)

Latocha, Kristie

Program Coordinator
304-367-4919
137 Education Building
Locust Avenue Campus, Fairmont
Program Purpose: 
This program is designed to prepare qualified Paraprofessionals to work in the elementary and secondary classrooms. This is a Certificate degree that will satisfy the West Virginia Department of Education’s qualifications for a Paraprofessional position in both elementary and secondary classrooms. Students who complete this Certificate degree may continue in a curriculum that ultimately provides a pathway to a teaching degree.
 
Student Learning Outcomes: 
Upon successful completion of the Certificate Program completers will be able to do the following:
  • 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
  • Apply and practice appropriate classroom management techniques while teaching alongside a professional educator
Opportunities: 
NOTE: A background check is required for employment in this field. Completers with this Certificate degree program will be classified as Paraprofessionals as defined by the West Virginia Department of Education. Completers 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 and ultimately towards a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. 
Program Total Credit Hours: 
36 CHs
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)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

PROG ELEC

Program Specific Elective
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
18 CHs

ENGL 1104- C or better required for graduation
MATH 1207 PR: Minimum Math ACT score of 19, or SAT score of 460, or COMPASS score of 36, Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 85, or ASSET Elementary Algebra score of 38. If you do not meet these requirements, you will be required to enroll in a 2-hour support class.
PROG ELEC can be filled by ART MUSI or THEA 1120

Spring Semester

EC 1105

Development of Young Children
3
CH(s)

EDUC 2206

Instructional Support Strategies
3
CH(s)

EDUC 2220

Early Childhood Inclusion & Special Education
3
CH(s)

EDUC 2995

Behavior Support Strategies
3
CH(s)

HUMN 2200

Bridging Cultures: Work & Identity in a Global Workplace
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
18 CHs
Summer Semester

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
6 CHs

THIS SEMESTER IS OPTIONAL

ENGL 1109 may replace ENGL 1108 BOTH require a C or better to graduate.

Fall Semester

COM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

GNED SCIE

General Studies Science
4
CH(s)

HST 1107

United States History I
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
16 CHs

ENGL 1109 may replace ENGL 1108 BOTH require a C or better to graduate.
HIST 1108 may replace HIST 1107.

GEOG 2210

Introduction to Geography
3
CH(s)

HUMN 1101

Exploring Career Opportunities
1
CH(s)

INTR 2200

Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
3
CH(s)

POL 1101

American Government
3
CH(s)

GNED SCIE

General Studies Science
4
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
14 CHs
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