Advanced 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 Teaching Assistant Advanced Skill Set Certificate is designed for individuals currently employed as a Teacher’s Aide III in a public school setting. Completion of this Skill Set allows promotion to Teacher’s Aide IV.

This 18 credit hour Skill Set builds on the six credit hours required for the Teacher’s Aide Skill Set and provides course work to strengthen the teaching assistant’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
  • Apply cognitive development theory in work with young children
  • Apply classroom guidance techniques in work with young children

The Early Childhood Teaching Assistant Advanced Skill Set will satisfy the West Virginia Department of Education’s qualifications for teacher’s Aide IV and allows current teacher’s aides a pathway for advancement with courses that can also be applied towards 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: 
15 CHs
Support Coursework: 
4 CHs

EC 2220

Early Childhood Inclusion and Special Education


General Studies Elective

*Elective requires Advisor approval. 

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
11 CHs

EC 1106

Health and Safety in Early Childhood Programs

EC 1107

Early Childhood Curriculum

EC 2210

Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood Education

EC 2230

Classroom Strategies

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

See “Occupational Development” for Early Childhood Practitioner Information.