Introduction to the Instructional Assistant Career Certificate

Program Number: 97-522-2
School Year: 2014-2015
Campus: Online
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Program Description

This certificate is designed for anyone with an interest in the roles of instructional assistants or educational paraprofessionals working with ages preschool through grade twelve. Courses provide an overview of the variety of duties assisting teachers in implementing instructional programs for individuals or small groups of students. The coursework in this certificate program provides a basic foundation in theory and practical application of how children learn, teaching strategies, developing positive relationships with students, supporting the classroom teacher with classroom management, and addressing the needs of special needs students. All courses transfer to the Instructional Assistant associate of applied science degree.

Approximate Costs

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

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.   
  • Meet with Academic Advisor to discuss order of courses and prerequisites (strongly encouraged).   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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Number Title Crs
Term 1
522-101 IA: Teamwork in School Settings 3
522-103 IA: Introduction to Educational Practices 3
522-106 IA: Child and Adolescent Development 3
522-107 IA: Overview of Special Education 3
522-111 IA: Guiding and Managing Behavior 3
Total 15

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Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.