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Education Assistants are hired to support the duties relating to classroom learning. The work encompasses helping to maintain classroom management, providing one-on-one or small group instruction and lesson review with students. Education Assistants often take attendance, check assignments, create and prepare materials for lessons and help support educational 504 accommodations. Overall, they assume responsibility for tasks assigned by a supervising certified teacher. Some of the attributes of value to be successful are patience, resourceful and good interpersonal and communication skills. Employment opportunities are influenced greatly by the size of the school district. Larger affluent districts are much more likely to hire teacher assistants. Just a little over half of assistants work a full day and the just under half work on a part-time basis. Teacher assistants work in a variety of settings. Most work in public schools and some work for private schools, childcare centers and even religious organizations that have educational programs.
Education Assistant Pathway
The purpose West Ada's Career Technical Education (CTE) Education Assistant Pathway is to build postivie understanding about children's growth and development and how to create work effectively with young children and to gain a solid foundation of parenting skills. Classes provide high school students hands-on work wtih 3-5 year- old children and opportunities to interact with elementary age within a classroom setting. These classes can help prepare students for careers in the health care and child care industries plus, education, psychology, sociology, human development and parenthood. The three-year coursework covers the stages of human life from prenatal to adulthood, growth and development theories, nutritiional needs, health and safety practices, and techniques for building strong relationships. Upon completion of the pathway, the goal is for students to be prepared to launch a career in childcare industry and/or entry into a related post-secondary program.
Teen Living (a recommended semester class; 9th grade; taught at zoned-home high schools)
Parent and Child Development (10 grade; year-long 2 credit class; taught at zoned-home high schools)
CTE Center - Centennial Campus classes:
Education Assistant (11th grade; two-periods, one semester; concurrent credit optional; must provide self-transporation)
Advanced Education Assistant (12th grade; two-periods long, one semester; must provide self-transportation)
For complete details, see the CTE Magnet Program section of the most current edition of the Course Description Handbook.