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Teacher Aide Program Overview

You can complete ICS Canada’s Teacher Aide Career Diploma training in as little as six months. Learn from comprehensive instruction that can help you prepare to assist teachers in conducting learning activities in any setting.¹ Study at home, on the go, and at a pace that’s right for you.

Your teacher aide lessons include information on learning theory, classroom management, student supervision, curriculum content, instructional materials, educational technology, as well as overcoming language barriers, working with families, and helping abused children. Plus, this program includes a Work Experience Option, which allows you to gain field experience related to your program and career goals.²

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

To prepare students for entry-level positions as a regular stream teacher aide in the preschool, elementary, middle or high school level.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe typical responsibilities of a teacher aide along with the skills needed to be an effective teacher aide
  • Discuss normal cognitive, physical, and social development patterns of children from birth to adulthood
  • Identify types of learning styles and various ways that teacher aides can increase motivation in students
  • Recognize the positive approaches to disciplining students and implement techniques to increase individual student self-esteem
  • Determine how to enforce classroom rules, tracking violations of rules, and explaining consequences of breaking rules
  • Discuss how to review lesson content with individual students or in small groups, including ESL students, students with physical disabilities, early childhood education students, and special education students
  • Determine how to prepare lessons by getting materials ready and setting up the classroom
  • Recognize the measures used in the supervision of students in class, between classes, during lunch and recess, and on field trips
  • Discuss lesson plans and student progress with the classroom teacher
  • Outline the qualifications of an objective; determine an effective strategy under the process of program evaluation to discourage children who imitate violent behavior of the superheroes they watch on television; state the history of early childhood education in Canada; identify the changes in society that have influenced early childhood education
  • Recognize the type of stress that occurs with the loss of a parent; describe when successive approximation is used; discuss different categories of victimization; list the seven identifiers that distinguish normal and problematic behaviors
  • Recognize an effective activity geared toward improving a child's skill at estimation; identify what type of auditory skill involves understanding what is heard by relating it to past experience; determine an activity that proves beneficial in promoting cognitive development in toddlers
  • Identify societal factors that influence the behavior of children and describe how to work with children and families in a legal, ethical, and professional manner
  • Describe how to recognize possible signs of various types of child abuse such as physical, emotional, and sexual abuse as well as the required steps you are legally required to take to report suspected child

Instruction Set 1

Learning Strategies

The advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; preparing for and taking examinations.

Introduction to Teacher Aide

The structure of public and private schools; functions performed by teacher aides; introduction to the specialized jobs held by teacher aides.

Instruction Set 2

Skills for the Effective Teacher Aide

Basic communications skills needed by teacher aides; personal qualities found in teacher aides.

Child Development and Human Behaviour

Normal growth and development of a child; the development of non-adaptive behaviours including aggression, anxiety and depression.

How Children Learn

The different ways in which children learn; relationships between learning and language.

Enhancing Children's Self-Esteem

Self-Esteem defined and explained; its importance and origin; how teacher aides can help self-esteem now.

Instruction Set 3

Classroom Management Techniques

Managing the classroom in a learning situation; group dynamics; rewarding good behavior; role of the teacher aide in managing the classroom.

An Overview of Teaching Techniques

Major instructional techniques; the role of the instructional aide and the different ways the instructional aide can assist the teacher.

Student Supervision

Monitoring students; proctoring tests and exams; nonclassroom responsibilities; arranging the classroom environment.

Instruction Set 4

Curriculum Content

Discussion of curriculum content for preschool, kindergarten; primary grades; middle school/junior high and high school.

Instructional Materials: Their Preparation and Use

Copy machines; overhead projectors; videocassette projectors; preparation and locating instructional materials; identifying resource people.

Technology in the Classroom

Role of technology in the classroom; different ways computers are used in the schools; interactive technology; the Internet; the future of technology in schools.

Instruction Set 5

Language and Other Barriers

Helping students who do not speak English; unique teacher aide responsibilities; acceptance of differences in culture, ability and gender-related activity.

The Teacher Aide in the Special Education Program

Overview of the special education laws; working with students who are mildly, moderately or severely physically, emotionally or intellectually challenged.

The Teacher Aide in the Early Childhood Education Program and in the After-School Day Care Program

The beginnings of early childhood programs; curriculum; promoting positive behavior; after-school care including environment, extra curricular projects and sports activities.

Instruction Set 6

Resources for Educating Young Children

Early Childhood Intervention; Historical Bases for Inclusive Child Care; Understanding Families as a System; Family-Centered Collaboration; program planning in inclusive settings; Children with Emotional and Behavioral Differences; Children with learning and communication differences; children with health, visual, hearing and orthopedic impairments; curriculum for inclusion, self-awareness activities; discovery activities; sensorimotor and creative activities; program planning and activities for infants and toddlers.

Instruction Set 7

Children, Families and Society

Family, school and community; divorce; child custody; violence; single-parent homes; legal rights and responsibilities for teacher aides.

Helping Abused Children

Definition of child abuse; recognizing signs of various forms of abuse; reporting and follow up.


Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

Sample Lesson

To view a Teacher Aide sample lesson, click here.

Teacher Aide Course Details

In the ICS Canada Teacher Aide program, you’ll cover topics such as:

  • Major instructional techniques
  • Technology’s role in the classroom
  • Assisting students with special needs
Teacher aide training program

Here are a few qualities that effective teacher aides have in common:

  • Communicative: You listen and talk through situations with students, teachers, and parents.
  • Cooperative: You are pleasant and helpful.
  • Sociable: Spending time with others is fun and rewarding.
  • Creative: Teacher aides often need to think outside the box to engage young children.
  • Compassionate: You care about the health and well-being of others.

"I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Why should I invest my time and energy into the Teacher Aide Career Diploma Program?

Whether you’re a parent, professional caregiver, or just someone interested in learning more about how to help children develop to their fullest potential, you can gain insight that can help you in both your personal and professional life.

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¹ Students should note that each School Board has its requirements for entry level positions as a general stream teacher aide. ICS Canada urges you to contact the School Board(s) in your area, determine the School Board(s) requirements for an entry level position as a general stream teacher aide and how the ICS Canada Teacher Aide program can help you meet those requirements.

² The ICS Canada Teacher Aide program does not include a practicum component, and may not lead to certification in your province. Please check with your province and local agencies regarding certification requirements. This is particularly important for residents of British Columbia and Prince Edward Island.