ED-EDU-102 Teacher’s Aide Associate

Education & Children
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Teacher's Aide
Child & Adolescent Development
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Our online Teacher’s Aide Associate Program will help you to become that indispensable individual while focusing on the many milestones children have as they go from childhood to adolescence and develop into young adults.

Teacher's Aide

There are a number of teacher’s aide jobs that directly assist teachers, administrators, and instructors that are vital to the successful education of students of all ages and skill levels. A teacher’s aide is an indispensable individual who performs a number of teacher’s aide jobs such as providing instructional and clerical support to classroom teachers, meeting with parents, supervising children, and/or helping teachers set up for special projects. Our Teacher’s Aide course will provide you with a thorough understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a paraprofessional in a classroom setting.  

Prerequisite(s): None

Child & Adolescent Development

Our Child and Adolescent Development course encourages students to use current research to think critically about developmental theories and practices. You will explore which nutritional, physical, parental, educational, societal, and other factors will lead to optimal physical, cognitive, and psychosocial outcomes for the next generation of children. Whether you have children of your own, or are interested in a career with children or adolescents, this is an ideal choice to help you learn more. Our curriculum will provide a thorough introduction on the various levels of child and adolescent development.

Prerequisite(s): None


** Course Subject to Change.

Teacher's Aide

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify effective instructional techniques used in a learning environment
  • Recall techniques for developing as a paraprofessional, such proper communication skills and professional ethics
  • Define the responsibilities of a paraprofessional and recognize day to day tasks
  • Recognize methods for supporting basic math and pre-algebra skills
  • List methods for supporting primary English language and composition skills

Child & Adolescent Development

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify historical and current perspectives of child development as well as various research methods
  • Recall the basics of genetic foundations as well as stages of development from conception to birth
  • Recognize the elements of physical development and ways to stay healthy
  • List theories of intelligence, cognitive and language development, as well as steps for information processing
  • Define the processes for the development of emotions, moral development, attachment, development of gender and play 

Teacher's Aide

Teacher’s Aide Module 1
Effective Instruction for the Paraprofessional

  • Attributes Required of Paraprofessionals
  • Nature of the Work
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Instructional Supervision
  • Effective Instruction and Curriculum
  • Student Abilities
  • How Do I Know if Students Are Learning?
  • Effective Instruction Cycle
  • Guided Learning

Teacher’s Aide Module 2
Instruction in the Learning Environment

  • Monitoring Instructional Effectiveness
  • Relationship Between Teacher Behavior and Student Outcomes
  • Making Progress Toward Student Goals
  • Appropriate Feedback
  • Organization and Management of the Learning Environment
  • Selecting Curriculum
  • Achievement Standards and Testing
  • Learner Characteristics
  • Metacognition and Learning Styles
  • Culture, Ethnicity and Diversity
  • Social Influences

Teacher’s Aide Module 3
Student Behavior and Classroom Management

  • Effective Instruction and Its Influence on Behavior
  • Setting, Teaching and Adhering to Classroom Rules
  • Classroom Routines and Procedures
  • Recognizing and Rewarding Appropriate Behaviors
  • Praise
  • Dealing with Inappropriate Behaviors
  • Increasing Academic Learning Time
  • Transitions
  • Methods for Observation and Recording

Teacher’s Aide Module 4

  • Laws and Regulations Affecting Paraprofessionals’ Roles
  • Education at the National Level
  • State Regulations for Paraprofessionals
  • Classroom Level Regulations
  • Professional Behavior
  • Ethics
  • Communication and Conflict Resolution
  • Evaluation of Students
  • Evaluation of Adults
  • Paraprofessional Reflection
  • Improvement Goals

Teacher’s Aide Module 5
Basic Math

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Prime Numbers
  • Order of Operations
  • Variables and Distributive Property
  • Integers
  • Fractions
  • Exponents
  • Square Roots and Irrational Numbers

Teacher’s Aide Module 6

  • Decimals
  • Comparing Decimals and Fractions
  • Expressions and Equations
  • Algebraic Prosperities of Equality
  • Ratios and Proportions
  • Percents and Equations
  • Mark-up and Discount
  • Solving and Graphing Inequalities

Teacher’s Aide Module 7

  • Linear Functions and Graphs
  • Relations and Functions
  • Slope and Intercepts
  • Algebra and Geometry
  • Polygons
  • Midpoint
  • Right Triangles and Pythagorean Theory
  • Distance Formula
  • Monomials and Polynomials
  • Word Problems

Teacher’s Aide Module 8
English Grammar

  • Nouns and Pronouns
  • Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Verbs and Verb Phrases
  • Sentence Structure
  • Verb Forms
  • Simple and Perfect Tenses
  • The Passive Voice
  • Mood and the Subjunctive
  • Irregular Verbs

Teacher’s Aide Module 9
Capitalization, Punctuation, and the Writing Process

  • Capitalization and Punctuation
  • Commas
  • Quotation Marks
  • Parentheses
  • Hyphens
  • The Writing Process
  • Creating a Thesis Statement
  • Organization
  • Editing and Revising

Teacher’s Aide Module 10
Writing Basics

  • Types of Essays
  • Research
  • Citation
  • Most Common Errors
  • Fragments and Run-Ons
  • Subject/Verb Agreement
  • Pronoun Errors
  • Tense Errors
  • Spelling Errors

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Child & Adolescent Development

Child & Adolescent Development Module 1
Introduction to Child Development

  • Domains and Periods of Development
  • Historical Development
  • Theoretical Foundations
  • Psychoanalytic Perspective
  • Psychosocial Development
  • Learning Theory
  • Cognitive Perspective
  • Contextual Perspective
  • Biological Perspective
  • Dynamic Systems Perspective

Child & Adolescent Development Module 2
Understanding the Issues: Child Development Research  

  • Issues in Development
  • Nature and Nurture
  • Child Development Research
  • Research Methods
  • Correlational Research
  • Experimental Method
  • Developmental Research Designs
  • Longitudinal and Cross-Sectional Study
  • Challenging Conclusions

Child & Adolescent Development Module 3
Genetics, Conception and Prenatal Development

  • Genetic Foundations
  • Types of Genes
  • Genetic Abnormalities
  • Conception and Pregnancy
  • Fetal Period
  • Prenatal Influences
  • Prenatal Tests
  • Infertility and Reproductive Choices
  • Adoption

Child & Adolescent Development Module 4
Birth and the Newborn

  • Variations in Birthing Practices
  • Delivery Options
  • Stages of Childbirth
  • Newborn Assessment
  • Pre-term and Low Birth Weight
  • Early Infant Care
  • Infant Nutrition and Health
  • Infant States of Arousal
  • Infant Perception

Child & Adolescent Development Module 5
Physical Development

  • General Patterns of Growth
  • Neuropsychology
  • Brain Development
  • Increased Complexity in Neural Organization
  • Maturation
  • Bowel and Bladder Control
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Vision and Speech
  • Puberty

Child & Adolescent Development Module 6
Health and Safety

  • Mortality and Prevention Efforts
  • Safety in Childhood and Adolescence
  • Illnesses
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Nutrition and Activity
  • Malnutrition
  • Overweight and Obesity in Childhood
  • Eating Disorders

Child & Adolescent Development Module 7
Cognitive Development

  • Piaget’s Cognitive Development Theory
  • Stages of Cognitive Development
  • Evaluation of Theory
  • Sociocultural Theory
  • Social Constructivism
  • Zone of Proximal Development
  • Scaffolding
  • Learning in Context

Child & Adolescent Development Module 8
Cognitive Development: Information Processing

  • Information-Processing Approach
  • Memory Systems
  • Fuzzy Trace Theory
  • Memory Development Through Childhood
  • Attention
  • Executive Function
  • Cognitive Development in the Classroom
  • Metacognition

Child & Adolescent Development Module 9
Language Development

  • Theories of Language Development
  • Learning Theory
  • Language Development and the Brain
  • Fundamentals of Language Production
  • Oral Communication
  • Receptive Language
  • Language Development in Middle Childhood and Adolescence
  • The Role of Speech in Cognition
  • Literacy Skills

Child & Adolescent Development Module 10
Intelligence and Developmental Disabilities in Education

  • Intelligence: Nature and Nurture
  • Traditional Intelligence Testing
  • Sternberg’s Triarchic Theory
  • Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences
  • Extremes of Intelligence
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Developmental Disabilities and Education
  • Learning Disabilities

Child & Adolescent Development Module 11
The Developing Personality: Emotions and Temperament

  • Development of Emotions
  • Positive Emotions
  • Negative Emotions
  • Social Referencing
  • Empathy
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Temperament
  • Infant Temperament
  • Depression

Child & Adolescent Development Module 12
The Self and Moral Development

  • Foundations: Erikson’s Stages of Psychosocial Development
  • Expansion of Erikson’s Theory
  • Development of Self
  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Concept and Self-Esteem
  • Ethnic Identity
  • Lawrence Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development
  • Carol Gilligan’s Approach

Child & Adolescent Development Module 13
Attachment, Parenting and Families

  • Attachment
  • Parenting
  • Cultural and Contextual Variations in Parenting and Discipline
  • Spanking
  • Physical Punishment
  • Child Maltreatment and Abuse
  • Family and Home Environment
  • Secular Changes
  • Blended Families

Child & Adolescent Development Module 14
Gender and Sexuality

  • Development of Gender
  • Physical Activity of Boys and Girls in Childhood
  • Differences in School Achievement and Learning
  • Romantic Relationships and LGBT Teens
  • Psychological Effects of Puberty
  • Sex
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • A Global Perspective

Child & Adolescent Development Module 15
Play, Peers, School and Media

  • Preschool
  • High/Scope Perry Preschool Project
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • Play
  • Friendships and Peer Groups
  • Peer Acceptance
  • Bullying
  • Substance Abuse
  • Media and the Internet

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

All course materials included.

Teacher's Aide

Upon successful completion this course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position in the field and to sit for the ETS’ ParaPro Assessment Certification exam. States may require additional education and experience for employment.

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Career has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Career has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Career is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit iacet.org.

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player