Instructional Assistant-AD

Instructional Assistant-AD

Associate of Applied Science

Credits Required for Graduation: 67.00

Program Overview

According to federal legislation called The No Child Left Behind Act, an instructional assistant, otherwise known as a paraprofessional, is an individual with instructional support duties working under the supervision of a highly qualifed teacher. An instructional assistant may perform the following duties: one-on-one tutoring, assisting in classroom management, assisting in computer instruction, conducting parent involvement activities, providing instructional support in a library or media center, acting as a translator and providing instructional services to students.

Along with direct student contact, instructional assistants will likely provide clerical support for the teacher. Clerical tasks include creating classroom displays, setting up classroom activities like experiments and learning centers, correcting assignments, entering grades, organizing information such as book orders, using technology in producing worksheets, parent letters, newsletters and multimedia presentations, etc.

The instructional assistant works in close proximity to the teacher, communicating on an on-going basis. This program covers kindergarten through high school, but targets instruction in reading, writing and math at the elementary and middle school levels.

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

Note: A criminal background check and a TB test are required of all students prior to program acceptance.