I work in Texas and from what I have heard that they can't hire paraprofessionals unless they have 2 years of college or a certification. at least I wouldn't have gotten hired on unless I had my certification.
I am in my second year at Temple University as an Art Education Major. I am a transfer student with 150 + credits.
Some background information first:
I earned my Associate Degree in Graphic Design Technology May '98.
From there, I worked as a graphic designer at a local newspaper company down in Milton, Florida for two years.
I joined the U.S. Army in Aug 2000, in which I served for 4.5 years, until Feb. 2005.
I began attending Temple University in Aug 2005.
I am interested in a teacher assistant position at an elementary school setting in Montgomery County, PA to gain teacher experience before actually stepping into an art teacher position.
Are there teacher assistant jobs available for Associate degree + individuals such as myself? Do I need to take some type of course to become a teacher's aid, or is there on-the-job training for teacher's aids?
I appreciate all information available.
Art Education Major at Temple University, Philadelphia PA
excitedly looking to be a part of today's educators
I was working as a para in CT with just my job experience, I was hired in 1980 long before all these laws were instituted. The person in charge of the certification said I was "grandfathered in" until 2006. I left in 2003. I now sub for paras in my district, region 14, they just took my experience, didn't even ask me for the proficiency proof or 2 year degree because they were so desperate for para subs. Now with the economy I haven't subbed much am looking for full-time job because I need health insurance, my husband could be losing his job. At almost 60 it's not easy finding a job. Just wanted to comment.
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