Education Paraprofessional

A.A.S. Degree

Special Education
Early Childhood Education Option
General Education Option
School Library Media Technician Option

The Education Paraprofessional program provides theory and practice in the skills for working as effective members of instructional teams. The core curriculum focuses on current issues and historical foundations of regular and special education, instructional strategies, behavior management, human development and interpersonal skills in the context of a diverse society. Supervised practicum opportunities for hands-on experiences in schools are provided throughout this course of study.

A.A.S. Education Paraprofessional, Special Education: Courses include the core curriculum described above yet delve deeper into providing services for children identified with disabilities such as learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and developmental disabilities.

A.A.S. Education Paraprofessional, Early Childhood Education Option: Courses include the core curriculum described above and is intended to meet the needs of persons who wish to become paraeducators in K-3.

A.A.S. Education Paraprofessional, General Education Option: Courses address the Washington State Core Competencies for Paraeducators and the Washington State Skill Standards. An education paraprofessional works under the supervision of a licensed/certificated staff member to assist and support educational services. The goal is to support learners experiencing delays and/or those who are learning English as well as typical students within a general education setting.

A.A.S. Education Paraprofessional, School Library Media Technician Option: Courses include the core curriculum described above and is intended to meet the needs of persons who wish to become education paraprofessionals or school library technician paraprofessionals in a K-12 library. Library science (LMLIB) classes are taught online and students are required to take an onsite work experience class, LMLIB 288.

A.A. Transfer Degree: If you intend to transfer to a 4-year college to complete a teacher-training program leading to certification, you must follow the of Arts degree. It is important to contact the intended transfer institution since prerequisites, transferability, and program requirements vary around the state. (More information is available on the Education Premajor pages.)

Certificate: This option may be most appropriate for those obtaining a degree in Early Childhood Education wishing to extend their knowledge of working with children with special needs. As of January 2002, new federal guidelines require most paraprofessionals in public K-12 schools to complete a two-year program.

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