Instructional Assistant

Instructional Assistant video

Program Number: 10-522-2
School Year: 2014-2015
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Online, (Clinicals required)
FLEx Degree

Program Description

The Instructional Assistant associate of applied science degree prepares qualified individuals to work directly with students under the supervision of a licensed teacher. Students develop the skills to assist children with math, science, reading and writing assignments, as well as handle classroom management, clerical and other tasks related to instruction. This program meets Title I requirements.

Duties may also include monitoring student activities, assisting with reading, correcting papers, tutoring, one-on-one activities and small group facilitation. In addition, instructional assistants work on classroom displays, assist children with computers and media, and supervise various classroom and other school events. Instructional Assistants may be hired to provide instructional services to students from pre-kindergarten through high school; however, the focus of this program is on preparing graduates to work primarily in elementary and middle schools.

This program fulfills the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB Act) for paraprofessionals.

Statewide Salary Range for Recent Graduates

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$15,000 $33,937

Approximate Costs

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Program Outcomes

  • Support all learning based on knowledge of subject matter.
  • Identify developmentally appropriate child/adolescent physical, social/emotional, intellectual, and language characteristics and their developmental and environmental impact on learning.
  • Adapt instruction to meet the diverse needs of all learners.
  • Utilize a variety of instructional strategies, media and technology to foster the development of critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication in working collaboratively within the school setting and interactions with students and families.
  • Assist in planning and implementing instructional strategies that reflect the learning cycle.
  • Utilize informal assessment strategies to collect data for the support of student learning.
  • Incorporate the reflective process to promote student learning and professional growth.
  • Provide for the health and safety needs of students.
  • Use proactive classroom management techniques to promote a positive class climate, intrinsic motivation, and optimal learning.
  • Assume professional responsibility for ethical, moral, and legal policies and procedures.

Career Opportunities

  • Teacher Assistants
  • Instructional Assistants
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Specialized Aides in Reading, Computers or Special Education

Admission Process

  • Submit the college admission application.   
  • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
  • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
  • Meet with Academic Advisor to discuss order of courses and prerequisites (required for this program).   
  • Health Requirements need to be met and a Criminal Background Check is required.   
  • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

Program under review. Not accepting applications at this time.


Number Title Crs
Term 1
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
522-102 IA: Techniques for Reading and Language Arts 3
522-103 IA: Introduction to Educational Practices 3
522-106 IA: Child and Adolescent Development 3
 - OR - 
307-179 ECE: Child Development 3
801-136 English Composition 1 3
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 15
Term 2
522-111 IA: Guiding and Managing Behavior 3
 - OR - 
307-188 ECE: Guiding Children's Behavior 3
522-120 IA: Techniques for Science 3
522-122 IA: Advanced Reading and Language Arts 3
801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication 3
 - OR - 
801-198 Speech 3
 - OR - 
801-141 Introduction to Mass Communications 3
809-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
 - OR - 
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations 3
Total 18
Term 3
522-101 IA: Teamwork in School Settings 3
 - OR - 
307-195 ECE: Family and Community Relationships 3
522-107 IA: Overview of Special Education 3
 - OR - 
307-187 ECE: Children With Differing Abilities 3
522-118 IA: Techniques for Math 3
804-107 College Mathematics 3
 - OR - 
806-122 Natural Sciences in Society 3
809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application 3
Total 15
Term 4
522-104 IA: Technology and Media Resources 3
522-124 IA: Supporting Students With Disabilities 3
522-129 IA: Practicum 1 3
522-131 IA: Practicum 2 3
522-132 IA: Positive Classroom Management Techniques 3
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total 18
Required Elective Credits 3
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 69

Exit Assessment

Successful completion of Practicum courses are the exit assessment graduation requirements for the program.

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

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Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

Practicum course substitutions between the Early Childhood Education program are on a case-by-case basis with instructor approval.