Teacher Aide/Child Development Programs

The Child Development Program is designed to prepare paraprofessionals for a career in child care. The curriculum includes the cognitive areas of theory, history of child development, psychology and sociology as they relate to the developing infant. Additionally, training will include practical areas of internships, functioning with a variety of appropriate media, constructing lesson plans and materials and planning activities appropriate to the age levels designated. The program is designed to satisfy state requirements for positions as child care aide, teacher assistant and child care director.

Teacher Aide Special Education program meets the needs of the developmentally disabled by exploring the problems, skills, and current trends in special education theory in the classroom through internships and in facilities especially staffed to educate the individual as having special needs. The professional nanny program prepares students for a career as an in-home child care provider. The curriculum includes cognitive areas of history, psychology, theory, techniques and includes internships for a practical application of methods and materials.

This program has been articulated with some area high schools. Recent high school graduates may have earned credit in this program through high school coursework. Refer to page 28 for more information. These programs have been articulated with some area high schools. Recent high school graduates may have earned credit in these programs through high school coursework.

NOTE: All students who intend to be an elementary or secondary school teacher must plan their programs at South Suburban College very carefully in order to ensure that:

  1. they transfer without loss of credit to the senior institution of their choice.
  2. they fulfill the new General Education requirements for teacher certification by the State of Illinois.