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Career Area: Education and Training
Technical Diploma
Program Number: 31-522-1
Approximately 1 Year to Complete
This is based on full-time enrollment. Actual time to completion may vary based on the availability of courses a college offers and the number of credits the student takes in any given time period.
Credit Program
Most credit programs are eligible for financial aid, while most non-credit certificates provide valuable work-related skills on a short timeline. Check with the college offering the program to determine if it is eligible for financial aid.
Average Annual Tuition: $4386
This is based on one year of full-time enrollment for in-state students. WTCS tuition is set by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board in March for the following year. It does not include books, materials or program/college-related fees.
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Educational Assistant Programs

Helping students succeed in the classroom is challenging as well as rewarding. Our technical diploma program will prepare you to work in the classroom and provide needed support for the teacher. You will likely work with special education students implementing goals of an Individual Education Plan and adapting instruction to meet student needs. Other duties may include setting up displays, grading assignments, providing one-on-one instruction, playground and lunchroom supervision. The primary focus of the technical diploma is behavior management, developmentally appropriate practices, and special education. 

By law, all school employees working in the school setting with students must have a minimum of 48 credits beyond a high school diploma to be considered highly qualified. This program ensures that our graduates meet these standards. Educational assistants with a technical diploma are in high demand in our schools, and area districts depend on Western to provide this training. 

Program graduates are employed by area school districts as special education paraprofessionals or health office paraprofessionals who work directly under the supervision of a registered nurse. These positions are available in elementary, middle school, and high school special education classrooms. The program comprises the first year of the Foundations of Teacher Education associate's degree.

Educational Assistant Part of a Career Pathway Program Transfers Offered completely online Shared Program
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