Early Childhood Teacher Assistant - Training Program
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The Early Childhood Teacher Assistant job training program prepares you for a job in a child care center, as a teacher assistant or for self-employment as a family child care provider. You’ll learn childcare provider-related English and math, CPR, and how to develop art and language programs. Since part of the class takes place in a child-care setting, you’ll get hands-on experience interacting professionally with children, teachers and parents. Upon graduation, we’ll help you find a job in child care- a field that is expected to grow rapidly over the next several years.


What you’ll learn in the job training program for Early Childhood Teacher Assistant:

  • Early Childhood Development
  • CPR
  • Health and Safety
  • Basic Child Care Center Procedures
  • Planning and Implementing Activities
  • Curriculum/Materials Development
  • Child Care Administration
  • Art/Language Program Development
  • Montessori Learning Philosophy
  • Parent Interaction and Relations
  • Applied Mathematics and English in a Child Care Context
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Job preparation, including interview and resume skills

Say yes to CET Early Childhood Teacher Assistant!

New career in 8-9 months?* yes!
Job Placement Assistance? yes!
Support Services? yes!
Financial Aid Assistance for those who qualify? yes!
Training supplies, tools, books and uniforms included in tuition?** yes!

*Average program length based on attendance. ** Subject to change without notice.


FAQ about the teacher assistant job training program:

Where do the teacher assistant job training classes take place?
Train to be a teacher’s assistant on CET’s campus in San Jose. In addition to the classroom learning, you’ll participate in projects directly related to early childhood education including child psychology, nutrition, childcare requirements. You will also be earning college credits so that you can meet state licensing requirements upon graduation.
How long does it take to finish the teacher assistant job training program?
With 30 hours a week of attendance, students usually finish the 900 hour program in 8-9 months.
When does the next Early Childhood Education class start?
Right now! CET’s open enrollment means once your application is completed you can start the next day.
The Early Childhood Teacher Assistant job training program prepares you for employment in a childcare center or for self-employment as a family child care provider. This 8-9 month job training program gives you the skills needed for a variety positions, including:
  • Teacher assistant
  • Teacher aide
  • Childcare attendant
  • Child daycare center worker
How soon after graduation will I start working as a teacher’s aid or in a child care center?
Every student’s experience is different, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the childhood teaching assistant field has a higher than average job growth. To see what the job outlook is like for teacher’s aids where you live, go to onetonline.org and plug in your state in the section for “Wages and Employment Trends.” And with CET’s job placement assistance, you will always have ready help to find the right job.
What can I expect to make as an teacher’s aid?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics shared this information (see below) about what people can make as a teaching assistant. Remember that this is only an average- depending on where you live; the wages can be higher or lower. To see how much teacher’s aids earn in your region, go to onetonline.org and plug in your state in the section for “Wages and Employment Trends.” Wages & Employment Trends* For Teacher Assistants
Median wages 2017 $26,260 annual
Employment 2016 1,308,000 employees
Projected job openings 2016-2026 147,900

*Data as of August 2018. For additional information, including details on associated occupations, national and state wage and employment statistics, go to onetonline.org.

How much does the early childhood teacher assistant job training program cost and how can I pay for this?
It costs $14,249, including books, and supplies. Financial aid assistance is available for those who qualify. If you qualify for financial aid, you may be eligible to receive grants, scholarships and/or federal student loans.
What if I didn’t graduate from high school or don’t have my GED?
At CET you may have options without them. Be sure to tell the Admissions Department so they can guide you through the eligibility process.
How big are the early childhood teaching assistant classes?
Class size is approximately 20-25 students and varies by the type of program.
Do you provide any certificates needed by employers?
The Early Childhood Teaching Assistant certificate shows an employer that you are ready for an entry level position as a teaching assistant or childcare worker.
Are there any specific classes I need to get started?
No. You’ll get everything you need in the teacher assistant program. You’ll learn childcare provider-related English and math, CPR, and how to develop art and language programs. Additional one on one tutoring is available, if needed.
CET is national, but what about the graduation and job placement rates for teacher’s aid in my CET location?
Good question! When you’re making decisions about your future, it’s important to be as informed as possible. To see statistics about CET’s program performance, click on the CET location below to access the Federal Student Right to Know and State Program Performance Fact Sheets.*. Remember- we’re here to help. Contact your local CET Admissions Department for additional information or assistance. Early Childhood Teaching Assistant is offered at the following locations:

*Sources are listed to provide additional information on related jobs, specialties, and/or industry. Links to non-CET sites are provided for your convenience and do not constitute an endorsement.

What other job training programs are offered in San Jose?
CET’s San Jose campus offers state-of-the art training in 9 growing fields: