ED-EDU-103 Teacher’s Aide Specialist

Education & Children
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Teacher's Aide
Early Childhood Development
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Our online Teacher’s Aide Specialist Program will help you to become that indispensable individual while focusing on the many milestones associated with Early Childhood Development.

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

Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development introduces the unique qualities of the young child as distinguished from older children and demonstrates how to work with young children in ways that correspond with their individual developmental level and social and cultural environment. In each modules text, you will find “in the classroom” inserts that illustrate how current findings and theories translate into real applications in daycare centers, preschools, kindergartens, and primary schools. This course clearly portrays the importance of the contexts within which each child develops.  Our Early Childhood Development program displays theoretical views of learning, as well as information about the importance of play and technology in a young child's learning process. 

** 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

Early Childhood Development

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • List the historical fundamentals and current theories of early childhood
  • Recall how genetics and parental practices influence development
  • Recognize how learning takes place in infants, toddlers and young children
  • Identify the elements and theories of physical and cognitive development
  • Define the social and affective development of the young child

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.**

Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development Module 1
Studying the Child: Maps and Guides

  • Exploring Early Childhood
  • Historical and Current Views of Childhood
  • Children’s Rights
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Recurring Issues and Beliefs
  • Methods of Studying Children
  • Correlational Studies
  • Sources of Developmental Variation: Age and Cohort Influences
  • Evaluating Developmental Research
  • What Intergroup and Cultural Differences Really Mean

Early Childhood Development Module 2
Theories of Development: Map Makers

  • Theories in Psychology
  • Models of Underlying Theories of Child Development
  • Psychoanalytic and Psychosocial Approaches
  • Behavioristic Approaches
  • Classical and Operant Conditioning
  • Cognitive Approaches
  • Biological and Ecological Approaches
  • Dynamic Systems Theory
  • A Humanistic Approach
  • Peak Experiences

Early Childhood Development Module 3
Conception, Heredity, and Environment: Many Paths

  • The Mechanics of Heredity
  • The Genetic Code
  • Canalization and Reaction Range
  • Studying Gene-Environment Interaction
  • Human Plasticity: The Rubber Band
  • Inherited Abnormalities
  • Sex-Linked Defects
  • Physical and Personality Characteristics
  • Genetic Counseling and Engineering
  • Treating Genetic Disorders

Early Childhood Development Module 4
Prenatal Development and Birth: On the Road

  • Conception and Pregnancy
  • Assisted Reproduction Technologies
  • Stages of Prenatal Development
  • Drugs, Other Chemicals, and the Fetus
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Importance of Timing and Other Factors
  • Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine
  • Maternal Characteristics and the Fetus
  • Maternal Emotions and Stress
  • Childbirth

Early Childhood Development Module 5
Physical and Cognitive Development in Infancy: First Excursions

  • Nutrition, Growth, and Survival in Infancy
  • Brain Growth and Motor Development
  • Sensation and Perception in Infancy
  • Smell, Taste, and Touch
  • Memory in Infants
  • Infant Cognitive Development
  • Intention, Imitation, and Morality in Young Infants
  • Sensorimotor Development
  • Early Language Development
  • From Sensation to Representation

Early Childhood Development Module 6
Social and Emotional Development in Infancy: First Excursions

  • The Family Context
  • Gender Roles
  • Infant Temperature
  • Cultural Context and Goodness-of-Fit
  • Infant Emotions
  • Regulating and Expressing Emotions in Infancy
  • Parent-Infant Attachments
  • Dimensions of Good Parenting in Infancy
  • Exceptionality in Infants
  • The Whole Infant

Early Childhood Development Module 7:
Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood: Side Expeditions

  • Physical Development
  • Motor Development
  • Cognitive Development: Information Processing
  • Cognitive Development: Piaget’s View
  • Cognitive Achievements of Preschoolers
  • Preschool Education
  • Challenges in Early Childhood
  • Communication Disorders
  • Conduct and Impulse Control Disorders
  • Intellectual Giftedness

Early Childhood Development Module 8:
Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood: Happy Jaunts

  • Emotional Development
  • Controlling the Emotions: The Marshmallow Test
  • Categories of Play
  • Social Play
  • Television and the Media
  • Positive Effects of Electronic Media
  • The Changing Family
  • Parenting Styles
  • Nonparental Caregivers
  • A Last Word

**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