A paraprofessional, also known as a teacher's aid, is a career that allows you to be in the classroom, without having the responsibility of being a lead teacher. All state departments of education have different requirements for paraprofessionals and all colleges offer different course descriptions. This article provides information about course content that is common among paraprofessional certification programs in elementary education. Most states require paraprofessionals to pass a state assessment test.

Child Development

Child development is the study of the development and behavior of a child, from birth to adolescence. This course covers the physical, intellectual, emotional and social aspects of a growing child.

Classroom Management

Classroom management is a course designed to teach a variety of strategies for effective classroom management, organization and communication.

Classroom Technology

A course in classroom technology is generally an introduction to the various ways that technology can be used in the classroom.

Reading Methods

A course in reading methods helps you to develop knowledge for various types of literature in effort to assist teachers with age-appropriate literary experiences.

Math Methods

Math methods will help you to develop the skills needed to assist the teacher in teaching math concepts by using a variety of teaching strategies.

Legal, Safety and Health Issues

This course will make you aware of government policies and other legalities that effect education standards. You will also learn about basic procedures that will keep students safe and healthy.