West Virginia University at Parkersburg
WVU Parkersburg offers new associate degree in Early Childhood Development
CONTACT: Dr. Cindy Kelley, chair of Education Division, 304-424-8345.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
West Virginia University at Parkersburg is offering a new associate degree for area residents interested in careers in the childcare profession.
The Associate in Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Development provides skills and training for those interested in working as a professional staff member or director of a childcare, Head Start or related educational facility, noted Cindy Kelley, chair of the collegeís Education Division.
In addition, the two-year degree has an option in Education Paraprofessional Studies for those interested in becoming a teacherís aide in a public school classroom.
The college is offering the option in the new associate degree at the request of area public school systems which have indicated a need for skilled aides.
"This option gives students the requirements necessary for certification as a paraprofessional through the West Virginia Department of Education," she said.
"Demand for teacher aides is expected to increase more than 20% by the year 2010, according to federal occupational projections," she added.
Additional information about the new degree and its teacherís aide option is available by contacting the Education Divisionís office, 424-8314. The campus is closed until Jan. 5 for the holiday break. Spring semester classes begin Jan. 12.
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