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The Educational Assistant degree is designed for the student who desires to gain immediate entry to the field of elementary education as an Educational Assistant.
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.
The Associate of Arts Educational Assistant degree consists of 61 credits and can be completed in four semesters.
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. 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.
This degree plan includes the Bilingual Education, Early Childhood Education, Health and Physical Education, and Special Education concentrations.
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