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If you want to work in a school setting and make a positive difference in a young person’s life, a career as an education paraeducator could be an excellent path for you.
In this program, you’ll prepare to become an important member of the instructional team. You’ll learn about current and historical topics in regular and special education, instructional strategies, behavior management, human development and interpersonal skills in the context of a diverse society. The program includes hands-on experiences in schools.
Whether you want to support a teacher with learning in the classroom, or assist a student with a disability, this program will help open doors to a rewarding career in paraeducation.
Special Education (AAS): Provide services for children identified with disabilities, such as learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and developmental disabilities.
Early Childhood Education (AAS): Gain the skills to become a paraeducator who works with K-3 students.
School Library Media Technician (AAS): Become an education paraeducator or school library technician paraeducators in a K-12 library.
Paraeducator Certificate: Enhance your early childhood education degree with knowledge of working with children with special needs. As of January 2002, new federal guidelines require most paraeducators in public K-12 schools to complete a two-year program.
A paraeducator works under the supervision of a licensed/certificated staff member to assist and support educational services. Courses within all options address the Washington State Core Competencies for Paraeducators and the Washington State Skill Standards.
Students will need to successfully pass a Basic Skills Test in reading, writing and math before they will be able to register for Practicum I or complete the AAS degree.
EDUC 100 — Exploring Teaching — 5.0
This course focuses on personal qualities of teachers, the changing face of education, learning theories, teaching methods, classroom management and career planning. Observations in educational settings occur to identify differences in grade levels, child development, and teaching styles. In addition, practical, hands-on experiences are incorporated to complement academic training.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
EDUC& 101 — Paraeducator Basics — 3.0
This course is designed to introduce students to career options as a paraeducator in a school or institutional setting. Students will be introduced to Washington State Paraeducator standards, career options/opportunities, and employment requirements. Opportunities to become a certified teacher at a later date will be explained. This is a required course offered online for those interested in becoming a paraeducator. Individuals who are already employed as a paraeducator may substitute another class with instructor permission.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
EDUC& 115 — Child Development — 5.0
Build foundation for explaining how children develop in all domains, conception through early adolescence. Explore various developmental theories, methods for documenting growth, and impact of brain development. Topics addressed: stress, trauma, culture, race, gender identity, socioeconomic status, family status, language, and health issues.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
EDUC& 130 — Guiding Behavior — 3.0
Examine the principles and theories promoting social competence in young children and creating safe learning environments. Develop skills promoting effective interactions, providing positive individual guidance, and enhancing group experiences.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
EDUC& 136 — School-Age Care — 3.0
Develop skills to provide developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant activities/care for children ages 5-12 in a variety of settings. Topics include: implementation of curriculum, preparation of environments, building relationships, guiding cognitive and social emotional development, and community outreach.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
EDUC& 150 — Child, Family, Community — 3.0
Integrate the family and community contexts in which a child develops. Explore cultures and demographics of families in society, community resources, strategies for involving families in the education of their child, and tools for effective communication.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
EDUC& 202 — Introduction to Education — 5.0
An orientation course designed to help the student--through an analysis of current educational issues--make a determination as to whether he or she should enter the field of teaching.View SCC Course Learning OutcomesView SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
EDUC& 204 — Exceptional Child — 5.0
This course introduces students to various categories of disabilities, legal and historical foundations for special education services, as well as opportunities to design and access educational resources for exceptional students from infancy to adulthood, within a community of collaboration and inclusion.View SCC Course Learning OutcomesView SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
EDUC 260 — Educational Psychology — 5.0
This course begins with an orientation to the value of psychology in the process of teaching and learning. It explores the impact of methodologies and classical theories. Early social and emotional development is explored, as are topics of self-achievement, morals, gender issues, aggression and antisocial conduct. It considers research in developing effective teaching and learning behaviors and addresses diversity among learners. Reflection on the impact of family, as well as extra-familial and cultural influences in our schools are addressed. Theory and research are applied to classroom scenarios.
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EDUC 270 — Introduction to Developmental Disabilities — 5.0
This course addresses etiology of intellectual disability, unresolved social questions, and problems related to the identification, education and professional/technical training of persons with developmental disabilities.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
EDUC 275 — Learning Disabilities — 5.0
Basic challenges encountered by children leading to a label of "learning disabled" are addressed. Perceptual and neurological problems, reading difficulties and other etiological considerations are discussed. Practical classroom suggestions for treatment and remediation of learning disabilities are examined.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
EDUC 280 — Behavior and Classroom Management — 5.0
This course provides a forum in which to explore various behavioral prevention and intervention strategies used in the education of children. Through this course students have opportunities to develop prevention and interventions for specific situations, and to discuss the ethical issues with regard to behavioral support and management.
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EDUC 281 — Paraeducator Practicum I — 5.0
Students are placed in an educational setting commensurate with their intended career goal. Key professional competencies are developed incorporating elements of teaching and learning. Integration of theory and practice is accomplished through practical engagement for 165 hours under close supervision. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
EDUC 282 — Paraeducator Practicum II — 2.0
This course is delivered online with a 66 hour field experience. It is a culminating class for the Paraeducator AAS degree. This course will ask students to reflect on their field experiences, determine their own educational philosophy based on what they have observed in classrooms related to best practices and effective student support. Students will also be asked to articulate experiences that have prepared them to meet the Washington State Paraeducator Skill Standards. Prerequisite: EDUC 281, Paraeducator Practicum I.
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