Is there a future in an Educational Assistant career?
The No Child Left behind Act, which places emphasis on educational quality and accountability, is likely to lead to a growing demand for teacher assistants. Teachers will need the help of increasingly more assistants to prepare students for standardized testing especially those students who do poorly on standardized tests. After-school and summer programs will create new employment opportunities for teacher assistants. Employment of teacher assistants is expected to grow by 10 percent between 2008 and 2018. The median annual wages of teacher assistants in 2008 were $22,000.
Why choose a career as an Educational Assistant?
Without a doubt, children are the future. Educational assistants or teacher assistants provide instructional and clerical support for classroom teachers, allowing teachers more time for lesson planning and teaching. They support and assist children in learning class material using the teacher's lesson plans, providing students with individualized attention.
Educational assistants support students as part of a multidisciplinary team with teachers and other support personnel to provide meaningful instruction. Educational assistants also help teachers with non-instructional tasks. Educational assistants are employed by early intervention programs, schools, summer camps, child care centers and other educational organizations to provide learning support to students and general support to teachers and other professionals. In a school setting or early childhood setting, educational assistants and early childhood assistants may work under the supervision of one or several teachers, work with students who have special needs or who are considered "at risk", supervise students in structured (classroom) and unstructured (hallways, recess, lunch hour) settings, or assist with preparing materials and clerical tasks as required.
What will I learn in the Educational Assistant program at CCC?
- Structured Observation of Teaching
- Child/Adolescent Psychology
- Introduction to Bilingual Education
- Child Growth/Development and Learning
- Media Resources and Technologies
- Learning Disabilities: Assessment and Curriculum
Why is the Educational Assistant program at CCC so outstanding?
The Educational Assistant program at Clovis Community College offers five optimal areas of specialization. Our Educational Assistant students are exposed to bilingual education, early education, health and physical education, library technology and special education.
Here are the classes you need to take in order to earn your Letter of Qualification, or your Certificate of Completion or you can earn an Associate of Arts Degree. You can also view the CCC Course Catalog for more details, including course descriptions.
We offer five optimal areas of specialization in our Educational Assistant program!
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