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Overview

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.

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Program Map for Associate in Applied Science - Education Paraprofessional

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Required Credits: 90 - 92

First Quarter

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

Second Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
Typical Term Offered
ECED 133
Practicum: Infant/Toddler Care
2
Winter/Spring
ECED& 132
Infant/Toddler Care
3
Winter/Spring
EDUC& 115
Child Development
5
Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring
EDUC& 130
Guiding Behavior
3
Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring
Total Credits
 
13
 

Third Quarter

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

Fourth Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
Typical Term Offered
EDUC 260
Educational Psychology
5
Fall
EDUC& 202
Introduction to Education
5
Fall/Winter/Spring
PSYC& 100
General Psychology
5
Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring
Total Credits
 
15
 

Fifth Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
Typical Term Offered
ECED& 160
Curriculum Development
5
Fall/Winter
EDUC 275
Learning Disabilities
5
Winter
Choose one from:
BUS 122
Practical Business Math
3
Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring
BUS 123
Practical Business Math Applications
5
Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring
Total Credits
 
13 - 15
 

Sixth Quarter

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