EdAide Program

The EdAide Program allows paraprofessionals working in public schools the opportunity to complete their bachelor's degree as well as receive their teaching certification without having to quit their full-time jobs.

This unique program is designed specifically for paraprofessionals and follows a cohort model. A new cohort begins each semester and classes are taught online, at night or on the weekend. By logging 520 teaching hours, student teaching will be waived.

Certification Options

  • PreK - 3rd Grade Core
  • PreK - 3rd Grade Bilingual
  • Early Childhood - 6th Grade Special Education
  • Early Childhood - 6th Grade Bilingual Education

Program Requirements

Candidates must:

  • Currently be employed as an instructional aide by a school district
  • Be core complete
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.75 or better
  • Have a flexible and supportive administrator
  • Have been an instructional classroom aide for at least one year in the last five years


Students admitted into the EdAide program must have completed the following:

  • 6 hrs Communication
  • 3 hrs Mathematics
  • 6-8 hrs Life and Physical Science
  • 3 hrs Language, Philosophy, and Culture
  • 3 hrs Creative Arts
  • 6 hrs U.S. History
  • 6 hrs Political Science/Government
  • 3-6 hrs Social & Behavioral Science
  • 4-6 hrs Life and Physical Science or Language, Philosophy, and Culture

Financial Support

Contact Info

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Daphne D. Johnson
EdAide Program Coordinator
EdAide@shsu.edu | 936.294.3875
Suzanne Kitts
East Texas EdAide Coordinator
EdAide@shsu.edu | 936.294.4126
Tyler Smith
SAM Center
trs069@shsu.edu | 936.294.4452


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