Elementary Teacher Assistant Special Education Certificate of Achievement

This course of study prepares the student with basic competencies to serve as an assistant in an elementary school classroom under the supervision of a credentialed teacher. Teacher assistants are also called: teacher aides, instructional aides, paraprofessionals, education assistants and paraeducators. This certificate of achievement is designed to provide a foundation of introductory but essential skills for students preparing for a career in education. Students completing this certificate may work as assistant teachers and can also continue on towards more advanced degrees to become credentialed teachers.

Semester 1

Course Code Title Units
CDE 101 Child Growth & Development 3
CDE 102 Child, Family, & Community 3
CDE 227 Child Guidance 3
ENG 001A English Composition 4

Semester 2

Course Code Title Units
CDE 230 English Language Learners in ECE 3
CDE 233 Introduction to Young Children with Special Needs 3
EDUC 001 Introduction to Elementary Classroom Teaching 3
ENG 002 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking through Literature 4

Semester 3

Course Code Title Units
BI 004 Elements of Biology 4
CDE 234 Inclusion Strategies for Children with Special Needs 3
HIST 017 US History through Reconstruction 3
SOC 003 Fundamentals of Statistics 3

Semester 4

Course Code Title Units
CDE 237 Inclusion Practicum 3
CIS 010 Computer Literacy 4
PS 001 Introduction to Government 3