Skill Set Certificate

Barrett, Lori

Early Childhood Instructor
Early Childhood Coordinator
Pierpont Laboratory Preschool Director
144 Education Building
Office Hours: 
By Appointment
Program Purpose: 

The Early Childhood Teacher’s Aide Skill Set Certificate is designed for individuals currently employed as a Teacher’s Aide II in a public school setting. Completion of this skill set allows promotion to Teacher’s Aide III.

The six credit hour skill set includes EC 1106, Health and Safety in Early Childhood (3 credit hours) EC 1107, Early Childhood Curriculum (3 credit hours) and one additional credit hour with advisor approval required.

The Skill Set provides course work to strengthen the teacher’s aide’s effectiveness in the classroom.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Analyze health and safety practices in the early childhood environment
  • Identify and implement appropriate sanitation practices in the early childhood classroom
  • Document that all West Virginia Child Care Licensing regulations for center employees are met
  • Recognize appropriate curriculum for a quality early childhood program

The Early Childhood Teacher’s Aide Certificate will satisfy the West Virginia Department of Education’s qualifications for a Teacher’s Aide III position and allow current Teacher’s Aides a pathway for advancement with courses that can also be applied towards Advanced Skill Set and or the Early Childhood AAS Degree.

Notice to Students: 

Students in this program must pass a background check.

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

EC 1106

Health and Safety in Early Childhood Programs

EC 1107

Early Childhood Curriculum

Substitution may be made for an EC course upon approval by Program Coordinator.