Educational Assisting - Certificate Program
As an educator, you have the power to make a positive impact on the future. With EFSC's Educational Assisting College Credit Certificate (CCC), you can kickstart your career in the growing field of education paraprofessionals. This certificate program can be completed in just a few semesters!
The CCC can be a standalone achievement or serve as a stepping stone toward earning EFSC's Educational Technology Assistant A.S. degree. This certificate program also fulfills prerequisites for many college and university bachelor education programs that can lead to teacher certification.
There's a high demand for teaching assistants due to the increasing number of students who qualify for individualized support through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
By completing the Educational Assisting CCC, you'll be prepared for employment as an educational paraprofessional, classroom teaching assistant, instructional coordinator, substitute teacher, or other roles that involve providing educational assistance in instructional settings. It also offers additional training for those already working in these fields, enhancing their skills and knowledge.
Educational Assisting - Certificate Program
Educational Assisting Certificate - Course Curriculum
You have options when it comes to attending the five classes required for this certificate, as they're available both online and face-to-face on EFSC's Melbourne Campus. It's important to note that while this program doesn't grant you a teaching certificate, it does serve as a valuable credential in the field of education.
Educational Assisting Certificate - Admissions Information
If you're interested in the Educational Assisting Certificate program, you can apply through Eastern Florida's regular enrollment process. One great thing about this program is that it has rolling admissions, which means you can apply and start classes during any term that works for you.
If you have any questions or need guidance, it's a good idea to have a conversation with the program advisor. If you need specific information or have inquiries related to an education program, you can contact Dr. Holly McKnight, the Education Academic Chair.
Brief Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility
If you're an in-state student, the cost of tuition and fees for EFSC's Educational Assisting Certificate is approximately $1,560. However, please note that this amount doesn't cover the expenses for course materials or lab fees.
Since the program's short length in credit-hours makes it ineligible for Federal financial aid, there are other options available to help you pay for classes. You can utilize the Nelnet Payment Plan, Florida Bright Futures Scholarships, and Florida Prepaid as payment options. Select students may be eligible for Titan Scholarships provided by the EFSC Foundation, scholarships offered by external organizations, and Veterans Educational Benefits.
College Courses You Would Take
In this CCC program, you'll complete a concise yet comprehensive set of five college classes. Four of these classes provide hands-on experiences, totalling 50 hours of service-learning or volunteering in an approved classroom environment. Before engaging in fieldwork, you'll be required to undergo and pass a background check with the school district. Among the courses you'll take are:
Explores educational foundations, governance and finance, policies, legal; moral; and ethical issues, and the professionalism of teaching. Requires at least 15 hours of field experience.
Teaches future educators strategies for establishing a positive learning environment in the K-12 classroom. Requires at least 5 hours of service-learning field experience.
Examines educational diversity including culture, family, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, language, ethnicity, age, and more. Requires 15 hours of field experience.
Covers graphic materials, technology evaluation, ethical issues, assistive technology, computer literacy and maintenance, tech-based lesson plans, data sources, and more.
Why Study Education at EFSC?
Opportunity for Hands-On Learning
As you progress through this program, you'll have numerous chances to gain valuable real-world experience. Alongside the mandatory 50 hours of service-learning, you'll also collaborate with Junior Achievement, a nonprofit dedicated to financial education. Additionally, you can enhance your leadership skills and educational knowledge by joining the Florida Future Educators of America Club.
Get a Head Start on College With Dual Enrollment
If you're a high school student in Brevard County, you have the opportunity to explore enrolling in the Educational Assisting CCC courses through dual enrollment at Eastern Florida. This option is especially relevant for students attending the Brevard Public Schools Teaching Academies at Bayside High School in Palm Bay and Space Coast Junior/Senior High School in Port Saint John. By working with your school guidance counselors, you can gather more information about this opportunity and how to proceed with dual enrollment.
Plus, if you are in a H.S. Teaching Academy and continue your education at EFSC, you can also receive college credit for collegiate education courses completed during your time in a Brevard County public high school. Discuss that option as well with your school guidance counselor or an advisor at Eastern Florida.
Related Education Programs
If you're thinking about pursuing the Educational Assisting Certificate, it's worth exploring other Eastern Florida degrees and certificates, too! You can pursue the programs listed below individually, or accumulate credits toward an associate or bachelor's degree. For more information, reach out to an EFSC academic advisor.