Associate of Science - AS
The Teacher Aides/Paraprofessional Preparation program consists of the general education core and elective courses which focus on early childhood development topics. The general education courses emphasize a breadth of understanding and not a set of skills, techniques or procedures associated with a specific profession, while the electives provide an introduction to the physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects associated with the development of young children.
The degree program and the courses that comprise it are offered through a cooperative development and delivery model among TBR institutions. In the cooperative model arrangement, TBR institutions share valuable intellectual resources to enrich program offerings.
As an online student, you gain access to highly-qualified faculty from both the campus where you are studying to earn your degree as well as other institutions across the TBR system. You gain exposure to a wide range of opinions, philosophies, perspectives and experiences that you might not otherwise obtain. The students in your classes are also from other institutions across the TBR system which further contributes to a unique online learning experience.
This program is designed for students who intend to transfer to 4-year institutions of higher education to complete requirements for a Bachelor's degree in an early childhood program. Those students desiring to transfer upon completion of the Associate of Science degree should consult an academic advisor and refer to the 4-year institution catalog before beginning a Tennessee Transfer Pathway program.