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Teacher Aide

Stratford’s teacher aide course is designed to teach students about the many facets of a job as a teacher aide in the modern classroom. Beginning with an introduction to the classroom and children, the course also covers effective instruction and organization and management of the classroom and more.

Many teacher aide jobs are part-time or during regular school hours. So, if you are a busy mom or dad, working during school hours could be a great career opportunity for you!

A teacher aide performs a number of teacher aide jobs such as providing instructional and clerical support to classroom teachers, meeting with parents, supervising children, or helping teachers set up for special projects.
Teacher Aide Module 1
Today's Teacher Aide: An Introduction to the Classroom and the Children

• The Role, Duties, and Responsibilities of the Teacher Aide
• Qualities and Attributes of an Effective Teacher Aide
• Guidelines When Working with Teachers
• Division of Tasks and Communication
• Level of Supervision
• Observing and Recording Student Behavior
• Guiding Behavior and Ignoring Negative Behaviors
• Sanctions and Reinforcement
• Fostering Self-Esteem and Showing Approval
• Developmental Changes in Children
• Normative Scales
• Characteristics of Typical Children from Age Two to Thirteen

Teacher Aide Module 2
Paraprofessionals in the Classroom Part 1

• Defining the Educational Paraprofessional
• Instructional Supervision
• Critical Components of Effective Instruction
• Monitoring Instructional Effectiveness
• Organization and Management of the Learning Environment
• Learner Characteristics

Teacher Aid Module 3
Paraprofessionals in the Classroom Part 2

• Influencing Behavior
• Recognition, Praise, and Sanctions
• Time as a Behavior Management Tool
• Laws and Regulations Affecting Paraprofessionals’ Roles
• Professional and Ethical Behavior
• Reflection and Self-Evaluation

Teacher Aide Module 4
Paraprofessional’s Handbook

• The Role of Paraprofessionals Today
• Types of Classrooms
• Special Education
• Social Construction of Disability
• Specific Learning Disabilities
• Speech and Language
• Inclusive Education
• Collaborating with Others: Working with a Team
• Rethinking Students: Presuming Competence
• Providing Social Supports
• Providing Academic Supports
• Providing Behavioral Supports
• Self-Care
• Creative Problem-Solving Process

This program is specifically designed to serve as an introduction or enhancement of the theoretical knowledge required for the vocational application of this subject. It is intended to help individuals in the furtherance of their vocational training and is not intended as a substitute for licensing or certification requirements, which may include an apprenticeship or additional training, as required by law.

We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date teacher aide textbooks and equipment. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of your teacher aide studies. The order in which the material is presented may vary.

Teacher Aide Course

"The SCI training has really helped me in meeting my career objectives. The sessions were well designed and opened my eyes and knowledge to many modern methods, especially in the areas of special education."

John A.

"This course helped enhance my abilities to understand that a paraprofessional job is not easy, but with consistency and hard work student's needs can be met."

Tomora P.