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Supporting Children's Learning Certificate

Certificate Number 905221

This certificate is designed to further the professional development needs of anyone preparing for, or already engaged in, an instructional assistant or educational paraprofessional position. The coursework in this certificate program addresses methods for assisting in the instruction, guidance, and classroom management of students by performing a variety of instructional support activities related to grade level curriculum. Integrating current technology into the learning environment is also introduced. All courses transfer to the Instructional Assistant Associate Degree.

Certificate Completers will be able to

. Summarize the important components of each step of the writing process.
. Use scaffolding to increase student independence.
. Describe ways to create healthy classroom environments conducive to learning.
. Demonstrate the inquiry process in science.
. Prepare an instructional bulletin board.
. Develop a learning center.
. Use a gradebook software program.

Completers will be able to apply credits toward the following programs:

. 105222, Instructional Assistant

Curriculum

Catalog No. Description Credits

10-522-111 IA: Guiding and Managing Behav
3
10-522-118 IA: Techniques for Math
3
10-522-120 IA: Techniques for Science
3
10-522-102 IA: Techniques/Reading/Languag
3
10-522-104 IA: Technology/Media Resources
3

Certificate Total
15

Course Descriptions

10-522-111 IA: Guiding & Mnging Behavior...proactive, preventive classroom management, research-based concepts and strategies used to prevent behavior problems, creating positive classroom climate, building student relationships, enhancing motivation, responding to inappropriate behavior will be emphasized.

10-522-118 IA: Techniques for Math...techniques for the Instructional Assistant in assisting the classroom teacher in group and individual tutoring activities in math; current practice including manipulatives, problem solving and assessment will be covered within the framework of state and national standards.

10-522-120 IA: Techniques for Science...introduction to the content and processes of science. Strategies of teaching science will be studied and practiced and will prepare you in assisting the classroom teacher in group and individual activities in science. Current science processes, strategies, procedures, assessment options and factors affecting science learning will be explored.

10-522-102 IA: Techniques/Readg/Lang Art...focus on best practices in working with children in their development of reading and language arts as well as the roles of the teacher and the instructional assistant. The student will gain an understanding of how to work with all children and reinforce instruction individually and in groups through questioning, listening and guiding, and scaffolding techniques. Current classroom materials plus enrichment and support activities will be examined and created.

10-522-104 IA: Technology/Media Rsrces...develop knowledge and skills in the area of media and computer resources as it relates to the instructional assistant. Students will gain experience creating and using web tools including electronic portfolios.

For more information, please contact: The Community & Regional Learning Services Department, (920) 498-6255, or (800) 422-NWTC, extension 6255, or contact Enrollment Services at 888-385-NWTC.