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Professional Learning Opportunities for Teaching Assistants / Instructional Assistants (TA’s / IA’s) 2019-20

The role of the Teaching Assistant or Instructional Assistant is seen as a core component in personalizing learning, providing social and emotional support and collaborating with the teacher to maximize the learning potential of every student. The professional learning needs of TA’s and IA’s are diverse. Some want to work towards accredited teacher status with an internationally recognised qualification, others choose to further develop their expertise for the role they are in. Either way, professional learning for this key group is as important as that of classroom teachers. Below are some professional learning options for your consideration for the new school year. If you are interested in the second option, please contact Graham Watts  for further details. And remember AISA hosts regular webinars for TA’s and IA’s to discuss ideas and share good practice.

Online Learning : COBIS Diploma for International Teaching Assistants (DITA)

Combining the expertise of the Council of British International Schools with The Teaching Assistant College, this distance learning diploma offers maximum flexibility and deep learning on a course designed specifically for international schools. The course is 6 months long and should take approximately 70-92 learning hours to complete. This is a combination of eLearning, reading, collecting evidence and writing assignments. Enrolments take place throughout the year.

Mandatory Units

The course contains 6 units made up of 5 mandatory units and 1 optional unit.

Unit 1: Working as an Effective TA in an International Setting

Unit 2: Assessment for Learning

Unit 3: Safeguarding

Unit 4: Supporting Children with English as an Additional Language

Unit 5: Providing Literacy and Numeracy Support

Optional units

Unit 6: Supervising Whole Class Learning

Unit 7: Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs

Unit 8: Support Children to Reach their Potential

Cost: UKP £650 (US$ 800) with discounts available for multiple bookings from one school


Online Teacher Certification Programme: TEACH-NOW

“The TEACH-NOW Graduate School of Education is a nationally (USA) accredited educator programme that offers a traditional teacher preparation instructional model in an innovative online digital interactive platform”

This teacher certification track is a nine month intensive programme that incorporates competencies in all of the fundamentals of educational pedagogy and includes a comprehensive 12 week school-based teaching practicum. TEACH-NOW Graduate School of Education operates out of the District of Columbia and its programme leads to licensure via the DC Office of the State of Superintendent of Education(OSSE), which is recognized over the world.

TEACH-NOW is recognized as an approved educational institution by the US Department of Education and holds national accreditation via the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). DEAC is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation(CHEA) that oversees higher learning institutions and accrediting associations in the United States and international locations.

It is strongly advised that the graduate qualifications of those thinking of applying are checked before registering for this course as not all Bachelor degrees are accepted as teacher credentials. Graduate qualifications taken outside of the United States should be evaluated by an agency that is a member of NACES or AICES prior to registration with TEACH NOW.

Teacher Preparation Certificate Programme

The goal for the programme is to equip, enable, and empower teachers to diagnose any learning environment and ensure that every student learns, develops, and grows. Candidates who complete the programme will be able to design and create innovative and effective instruction to enable every student to achieve success. They will embrace the changing role of a teacher from a dispenser of knowledge to a manager, coach, leader, and facilitator of learning. Candidates will be able to select and use next-generation tools and technology for teaching and learning to create an active, collaborative learning model for their students and effectively manage the learning environment in which formal education occurs.

Module list:

Module 1: Course Introduction – 1 credit course

This course is an introduction course to TEACH-NOW’s program offerings.

Module 2: The Culture of Schooling – 3 credit course

This course covers competencies in foundations of education and teaching exceptional learners.

Module 3: The Learner and Learning in a Digital Age – 3 credit hours

This course is focused on human growth and development and educational technology.

Module 4: Managing the Learning Environment – 3 credit hours This course focuses on classroom management and teaching exceptional learners.

Module 5: Student Assessments – 2 credit hours

This course focuses on assessment and teaching exceptional learners.

Module 6: Planning and Preparation for Learning – 2 credit hours

This course focuses on instruction, curriculum planning and teaching exceptional learners.

Module 7: Introduction to Clinical Practice – 1 credit hour

This course is a preparation for student teaching and the clinical practice experience.

Module 8: Teacher Practice and Proficiency – 8 credit hours

This course is the clinical practice at a school that provides supervised teaching experiences.

Cost:  AISA has negotiated a 10% discount on the usual fee if we can secure eight registrations, enough to form an AISA cohort. This cohort will begin in early September 2019 and will work together with TEACH-NOW through-out the year. Participants will need to arrange the completion of the school-based practice at their own school.

In partnership with TEACH-NOW, AISA can offer this program at $5,400, if AISA refers 8 candidates or more. 

The District of Columbia allows non US-Citizens to obtain their teaching license without SSN or Tax ID through the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education(OSSE). This is not the case with all teacher preparation courses.

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Contact: Graham Watts, AISA Director of Professional Learning.


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