Skill Set Certificate

Latocha, Kristie

Program Coordinator
137 Education Building
Locust Avenue Campus, Fairmont
Program Purpose: 

This program is designed to prepare highly qualified Paraprofessionals to work in the elementary and secondary classrooms. This is a 6-hour skill set that will satisfy the West Virginia Department of Education’s qualifications for a Teacher Aide III position in both elementary and early childhood classrooms. Students who begin their education in this Skill Set will be prepared to continue in a curriculum that provides a pathway from Aide to Teacher. This six-hour Skill Set is the first step in that process.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Identify developmental stages of grow and development
  • Apply developmentally appropriate teaching strategies while working with special needs children

NOTE: A background check is required for employment in this field. Completers in this Skill Set will be classified as a Teacher Aide III 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 student 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. 

Notice to Students: 

This program alone does not qualify for financial aid.  Students seeking financial aid eligible degrees may incorporate the classes as electives when their schedule allows or may declare an Associate or Certificate of Applied Science degree major of study in which the courses are embedded. 


Program Total Credit Hours: 
6 CHs

EDUC 2200

Introduction to Education

EDUC 2220

Early Childhood Inclusion & Special Education