Educational Technology Assistant - Associate Degree
You have the power to shape the future by becoming an education professional! Teaching is a fulfilling career, and if you're interested, Eastern Florida offers an Educational Technology Assistant A.S. degree, which is a great starting point as the degree can prepare you for substitute teaching and other roles in the classroom.
The demand for teaching assistants has significantly increased due to more students qualifying for support through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
Whether you're looking for immediate employment in a paraprofessional field, want credentials for working in early childhood education, or aspire to pursue further education and obtain a bachelor's degree and teacher certification, Eastern Florida has various courses and programs to help you prepare for a future in education.
While this degree does not grant you a teaching certificate, it does cover several of the common prerequisites needed for many college education and university programs that lead to teacher certification. This means that completing this degree can serve as a stepping stone toward furthering your education and becoming a certified teacher in the future.
Educational Technology Assistant - Associate Degree
Educational Technology Assistant A.S. - Course Curriculum
This degree is designed to help you gain the technical knowledge and skills needed for employment as an educational paraprofessional, classroom teaching assistant, instructional coordinator, substitute teacher, and other positions that provide educational assistance in an instructional setting.
The curriculum's courses explore the philosophical, psychological, and sociological aspects of teaching all children, including the disadvantaged, the English Language Learner and the disabled. Courses also cover education processes, theories of learning, student evaluation and grading, plus proficiency with educational technology and assistive technology tools.
Educational Assistant Degree - Admissions Information
To apply for the Educational Technology Assistant program, you should follow the regular admissions process at EFSC. This A.S. degree program has ongoing enrollment. That means that you can apply for and start classes in any term that suits you. If you have any questions or need assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to the program advisor or the Education Academic Chair, Dr. Holly McKnight.
Brief Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility
To obtain EFSC's Educational Technology Assistant A.S. degree, it will cost around $6,250, which covers the in-state tuition and fees. Please note that this amount does not include additional expenses like lab fees or the cost of course materials.
The good news is that there are options available to help you manage these costs. You may be eligible for financial aid, scholarships, or Veterans Educational Benefits, which can all contribute to reducing the out-of-pocket expenses associated with this program.
College Courses You Would Take
It's important to know that some of the courses will require you to spend extra hours volunteering in a classroom as part of your learning experience. Before you can start working in schools, you'll need to pay for and pass a background check with the local school district to ensure the safety of the students.
When it comes to attending classes, you have flexibility. Major courses are available online or on EFSC's Melbourne Campus, while you can take the general education courses on any EFSC campus. Here are a few of the classes you'll take:
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.
Provides an overview of the historical, legislative, legal, and medical implications of exceptional education, disability, and diversity. Requires 15 hours of service-learning.
Covers graphic materials, technology evaluation, ethical issues, assistive technology, computer literacy and maintenance, tech-based lesson plans, data sources, and more.
Introduces the concept of leadership — the process of influencing human behavior so as to accomplish predetermined goals — and gives students the opportunity to model leadership skills.
Why study in an education program at EFSC?
Hands-On Learning = Real-World Experience
As you progress through this program, you'll have numerous chances to gain practical experience in real-world settings. Many of the classes in this degree have a service-learning component, where you'll spend several hours volunteering in schools or other approved educational environments. This hands-on experience will provide valuable insights and skills. You'll also have the opportunity to collaborate with the local chapter of Junior Achievement, a national nonprofit organization focused on financial literacy and education.
Get a head start through your high school courses
You may be eligible to earn transfer credit toward your A.S.degree through education courses completed at a Brevard County public high school. If you are in a H.S. Teaching Academy and continue your education at EFSC, discuss that option with your school guidance counselor or an advisor at Eastern Florida.
are you exploring a new career in teaching?
If you're considering transitioning into teaching from another profession, Eastern Florida's Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) is designed for people with a bachelor's degree in a non-educational field who want to become a teacher. It provides the necessary training to make that career switch.
What Students Say
Jonah Garcia, 2021 EFSC Education Program Graduate
This program provided me with a great launching point for my career in education. I was able to learn, grow, and make connections while discovering all the different facets of the education pathway. Not only did I get time in the classroom, which gave me the skills needed to be an effective teacher, I was also able to expand and link these skills to my future role as an educator while participating and leading the Florida Future Educators of America Club. I'm a better student and teacher because of my time in this program!
Related Education Programs
Eastern Florida offers additional degrees and certificates that complement the Educational Technology Assistant A.S. degree. These programs can be pursued individually for immediate job readiness or can contribute toward an associate or bachelor's degree. Speak with an EFSC academic advisor to explore these options further.