Paraprofessional: Teaching Assistant (Certificate Program)

A paraprofessional teaching assistant can often mean the difference between helping a young student achieve and watching them fail. Today’s teaching assistant is quickly becoming an essential element in elementary, middle and high school classrooms. If this sounds like your kind of career, get started with a Paraprofessional: Teaching Assistant Certificate from Grantham University.

You will relearn the fundamental concepts needed to help teachers in high school, middle school and elementary settings. You will also be prepared for paraprofessional certification testing, such as the ETS ParaPro Assessment or ACT WorkKeys.

How much will it cost?

The undergraduate rate is $265 per credit hour, $250 if you’re a military member, a veteran or part of a military family. Grantham also offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.


8% Job Growth

Job Outlook1

Employment of teacher assistants is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Rising student enrollment along with state and federal funding for education programs should affect growth.

Career Options1:

• Social and Human Services Assistant

• Teacher Assist in:
— Children Centers
— Public or Private Schools
— Religious Organizations
When can I start?

Courses begin monthly, so we’re ready when you are.

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about our accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities or enrollment process.

Paraprofessional: Teaching Assistant (Certificate Program)

Paraprofessional: Teaching Assistant Outcomes

After successfully completing Grantham University’s online paraprofessional certificate courses, you will be able to:

  • Read and comprehend a variety of texts
  • Demonstrate effective writing skills
  • Apply test taking strategies to practice and final ETS ParaPro or ACT WorkKey assessments
  • Demonstrate fundamental concepts of Mathematics
University Professional Outcomes

Grantham University prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these five critical life skills into the curriculum:

  • Communication – competence in effective written and oral communication
  • Critical Thinking – ability to analyze problems, reflectively process information and formulate solutions
  • Respect for Diversity – awareness of and appreciation for varieties of human experiences and social structures
  • Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibilities – responsibility to the greater societal good and an applied ethical framework in decision making
  • Lifelong Learning – definition for and acquisition of a continuing pursuit of educational needs throughout their professional lives

Prepare for the ETS ParaPro Assessment and ACT WorkKeys.

The skills you will have earned upon completing the certificate program for Paraprofessional: Teaching Assistant will put you well on the way toward taking national tests such as the ETS ParaPro Assessment and ACT WorkKeys.

Paraprofessional: Teaching Assistant (Certificate Program)

Grantham University’s 100% online coursework is designed to help you prepare for teaching assistant jobs.

Prepare for the ETS ParaPro Assessment and ACT WorkKeys.

The skills you will have earned upon completing the certificate program for Paraprofessional: Teaching Assistant will put you well on the way toward taking national tests such as the ETS ParaPro Assessment and ACT WorkKeys.

Program Core Credits: 15
Total Credit Hours: 15
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 15
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: GU101 Title: Student Success Credits: 3
  This course provides students with the foundation of knowledge and skills needed for today's online college environment. Students will explore their own preparedness for online learning through examination and analysis of their own skills, traits, and behaviors. In addition, students will acclimate to the online college environment through specifically-designed activities which provide opportunities to acquire necessary skills, behaviors, and understandings which are essential for academic success.
Course: EN101 Title: English Composition I Credits: 3
  This course develops written communication skills with emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings and practicing writing for personal and professional applications.
Course: MA105 Title: College Algebra Credits: 3
  An introductory level course on the fundamental concepts of algebra. Topics include equations, polynomial and rational functions and graphing, and exponential and logarithmic functions.
Course: ED240 Title: Reading Strategies Credits: 3
  This course provides Paraprofessional candidates with the reading strategies associated with being a paraprofessional. Paraprofessional candidates will identify how learning disabilities affect reading. Candidates will learn to teach reading and comprehension techniques such as: predicting, reviewing, determining main ideas, inference and making personal connections, with their students. Emphasis will be placed on creating templates that can be used while teaching these strategies.
Course: ED250 Title: Test Taking Strategies Credits: 3
  This course is intended to prepare students to complete the Para-Professional Exam, by providing strategies for test taking, sample exams in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Students will complete sample exams, giving them the ability to self-assess readiness for the ParaPro Exam. The topics covered and sample exams will also serve as a review for those students that have not completed specific reading, writing, or mathematics courses.