This certificate program is designed to prepare students to assist lead teachers in a variety early childhood programs including but not limited to Pre-K, Preschool Special Needs and Kindergarten. It is also designed to meet the West Virginia Early Childhood Classroom Assistant Teacher Requirements.
What You'll Learn
The program is approximately one-half of the curriculum of the Early Childhood Education A.A.S. degree. See the current advising sheet for more details.
Credits Required: 34 hours
Credential Earned: Certificate of Applied Science
Learn about our Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education.
Assistant teachers serve in a support capacity in the early childhood classroom; their role is crucial as interactions with children through relationships and daily instruction contribute to the overall quality of the program. In addition, teacher assistants nurture and care for young children. These individuals also work with groups of children and help all children acquire the skills for school readiness as well as the social skills needed to help them interact with others. These individuals are needed in a variety of early childhood classrooms including Pre-K, Preschool Special Needs and Kindergarten.
-Develop partnerships with families and communities that are respectful and reciprocal.
-Observe and document children’s development to support young children and families.
-Use developmentally appropriate approaches and instructional strategies to connect with children and families.