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Introduction to the Instructional Assistant Career

Advanced Technical Certificate

Program number: 805221


The Early Childhood Education: Introduction to the Instructional Assistant certificate from Madison College meets the Title 1 requirements to prepare you to work directly with students under the supervision of a licensed classroom teacher. The duties include assisting children with reading, writing and math as well as handling clerical, housekeeping and other tasks related to instruction. You may be hired to provide instructional services to students from pre-kindergarten through high school. The focus is on preparing graduates to work primarily in elementary and middle level schools.

Travel to fieldwork sites is necessary and is your responsibility.

Some courses in the program involve preparation of learning materials, field trips, etc. that may involve additional expenses.

Students who have completed an associate or bachelor’s degree or the Child Care Services technical diploma would be good candidates for this certificate. The Wisconsin Early Childhood Association offers credit for prior learning. To learn how your experience could count toward your degree contact the program director.

Program Details

Students in Early Childhood Education: Introduction to the Instructional Assistant can attend full or part time.

Early Childhood Education classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Downtown (through Spring 2019)
  • Madison - South

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

All courses for this program are offered online and in person.


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.



Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.



Instructional assistants who graduate from MATC may be hired to work with students ranging from kindergarten through high school. This program, however, focuses primarily on preparing students to work in elementary and middle school.

  • Teacher Assistant
  • Paraprofessional
  • Instructional Assistant
  • Special Education Teaching Assistant
  • Paraeducator
  • Teacher Aide
  • Special Education Paraprofessional
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Educational Technician
  • Instructional Aide