Classroom Teacher's Assistant

Contact Info

Barbara Pavel-Alvarez
Early Childhood Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Early Childhood
B.S., M.S. West Virginia University
Office: ED 142
Phone: 304-367-4848

Contact Info-Janet Cole

Janet Cole
Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Program 
B. Ed. Southern Nazarene University
M. ECE Carlow University
Office: ED 140
Phone: 304-367-4853

Additional Faculty & Staff-Early Childhood

David Young
Adjunct Staff: Early Childhood

Contact Info- Kristie Latocha

Kristie Latocha, MAED
Pierpont Community and Technical College
School of Human Services
Para-Professional Program Manager
Phone: 304-367-4142

Contact Info-Brian A. Floyd

Brian A. Floyd, CEC, CCE, MA
Dean - School of Human Services
Executive Director of Culinary Academy
ACF Certified Executive Chef
ACF Certified Culinary Educator
M.A. Marshall University
Room: ED 143
Phone: 304-367-4409



Program Purpose:

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:

  • Demonstrate competency in the Basic Skills including reading, writing, and mathematical computation while working with children and assisting the teaching professional in the classroom environment.
  • 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 along side a professional educator. 


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.

State of WV Application for ParaProfessional Certification, please select Form 40


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