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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.

  1. Students will practice ethical and professional standards of conduct and comply with laws (such as IDEA, Section 504, ADA) and workplace policies and procedures in relation to confidentiality, reporting of abuse, discipline, chain of command and delegation and supervision.
  2. Students will display a positive attitude and enthusiasm for the job and are able to develop rapport and interact positively within the work environment as a member of the instructional team.
  3. Students are knowledgeable in the use of reinforcement, motivation and data collection to facilitate positive behavioral support and assist in instruction and learning.
  4. Students exemplify the philosophy that all individuals/participants can learn and contribute within a multicultural, inclusive context of children, families and colleagues.
  5. Students have documented performance indicators associated with the Core Competencies for Paraeducators in Washington State.

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs and goals.

Program Map for Associate in Applied Science - Education Paraeducator

Choose program map:

Total Credits: 90 - 92

First Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
ECED& 105
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
5
ECED& 107
Health, Safety, Nutrition
5
ECED& 120
Practicum-Nurturing Relationships
2
EDUC& 101
Paraeducator Basics
3
Total Credits
 
15
 

Second Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
ECED 133
Practicum: Infant/Toddler Care
2
ECED& 132
Infant/Toddler Care
3
EDUC& 115
Child Development
5
EDUC& 130
Guiding Behavior
3
Total Credits
 
13
 

Third Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
ECED 191
Practicum: Observation and Assessment
2
ECED& 170
Learning Environments
3
ECED& 190
Observation and Assessment
3
EDUC& 204
Exceptional Child
5
Choose one from:
BT 107
Business Communications
5
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
Total Credits
 
18
 

Fourth Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
EDUC 260
Educational Psychology
5
EDUC& 202
Introduction to Education
5
PSYC& 100
General Psychology
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Fifth Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
ECED& 160
Curriculum Development
5
EDUC 275
Learning Disabilities
5
Choose one from:
BUS 122
Practical Business Math
3
BUS 123
Practical Business Math Applications
5
Total Credits
 
13 - 15
 

Sixth Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
ECED& 180
Language and Literacy
3
EDUC 270
Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
5
EDUC& 150
Child, Family, Community
3
Choose one from:
CMST 227
Intercultural Communication
5
ICS 180
Child Abuse and Neglect
5
SOC 221
Race and Ethnic Relations
5
SOC 230
Sociology of Gender
5
Total Credits
 
16
 

You and your advisor will use the Program Map located on this page to create your own personal education plan, customized to you interests and goals, your starting quarter, your schedule (part-time or full-time), any prior credits you have, and the classes available each quarter.
To see an up-to-date list of required classes for your degree/certificate, click here for AA/AS/DTA degrees , click here for AFA/AAS degrees and certificates.

  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
    9,976
  • Non-Resident

    $
    13,856
  • International

    $
    24,698
  • Max. Books

    $
    942
  • Max. Course Fees

    $
    340
  • Institutional Fees

    $
    1,511

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