- Human Services Programs
- Human Services 1 Year Certificates
- Human Services Advanced Skill Sets (Certificates)
Kristie Latocha, MAED
Pierpont Community and Technical College
School of Human Services
Para-Professional Program Manager
CLASSROOM TEACHER'S ASSISTANT (Skill Set)
This program is designed to prepare highly qualified Paraprofessionals to work in the elementary and secondary classrooms. The intent of the curriculum is to provide a pathway from aide to teacher through a step process which begins with Certificates building to an Associate Degree, and then towards a Bachelor’s Degree.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the 18 Hour Skill Set Certificate Program as a Paraprofessional in Education, students will be able to do the following:
Graduates with the 18 hour skill set certificate in Paraprofessional, will be classified as a Teacher Aide IV as defined by the West Virginia Department of Education. Graduates 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. The intent of the curriculum is to provide a pathway from aide to teacher through a step process which begins with a certificate and builds to an Associate of Arts degree. A background check is required for employment in this field.
Many students continue their education towards an associate degree in Para-Education through Pierpont Community and Technical College and then, the Bachelors degree in Elementary Education at Fairmont State University as the Para-Education Program prepares students to apply and transfer with little loss of credit.