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Education Aide

An Education Aide is an employee at a school district who provides instructional support.

Instructional support includes:

  • provide one-on-one tutoring if such tutoring is scheduled at a time when a student would not otherwise receive instruction from a teacher;
  • assist with classroom management, such as organizing instructional and other materials;
  • provide instructional assistance in a computer laboratory;
  • conduct parental involvement activities;
  • provide support in a library or media center;
  • act as a translator; and
  • provide instructional support services under the direct supervision of a teacher and more!

There are over 500,000 Education Aides in the United States. Education Aides can provide meaningful instruction in small groups under the supervision of a teacher. Current federal law prohibits the hiring of education aides who do not meet the current mandate under No Child Left Behind (currently defined as 60 college credit hours or an Associate degree). Palo Alto students are taught by education practitioners that are well versed in pedagogy, methodology and practical based knowledge that will enable the instructional assistant to excel in their chosen profession.

Frequently Asked Questions

How did it all start?

The Palo Alto College Education Aide Program was created in an effort to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, a Federal Mandate, that establishes new requirements for paraprofessionals.

What is a paraprofessional?

 A paraprofessional is an employee who provides instructional support in a program supported with Title I, Part A funds. This includes paraprofessionals who

  • provide one-on-one tutoring if such tutoring is scheduled at a time when a student would not otherwise receive instruction from a teacher;
  • assist with classroom management such as organizing instructional and other materials;
  • provide instructional assistance in a computer laboratory;
  • conduct parental involvement activities;
  • provide support in a library or media center; and
  • act as a translator, or provide instructional support services under the direct supervision of a teacher. 

Are these classes considered "real" college courses?

Yes, you will graduate with an associate degree at the end of your coursework. There are rumors that students attending college to transfer to a four year university are in "real" classes and the AAS classes don't count. This is untrue. You will work as hard as anybody else in your classes.

How will I pay for college?

There are several ways to pay for your education. The first step is to contact financial aid and file a FAFSA form.

What if I want to become a certified teacher?

 The AAS degree track is not meant for students to become certified teachers. If you are interested in this, please see the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree plans and contact the counseling center for advisement.

Contact Information

Chairperson:
Antonio Villanueva
avillanueva@alamo.edu 

Location:
Guadalupe Hall (GUAD-124C)

Phone:
210-486-3051