Associate in Applied Science - Education Paraeducator
Certificate - Education Paraeducator
Online LearningSpokane Falls Community College
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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.
You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.
Choose program map:
Educ Paraeducator Early Childhood Educ AAS map
Educ Paraeducator School Library Tech AAS map
Educ Paraeducator Special Ed AAS map
Educ Paraeducator-Signing AAS map
Total Credits: 92
Leah Ruiz is excited to be part the Pathways Specialist who works with students in the Education, Social, and Behavioral Health Pathway. She works toward inspiring and encouraging college students throughout their academic career. Being a first-generation student herself, it is her goal to help students realize that their life story has given them strengths they may not know they already possess, have the potential to overcome obstacles and successfully reach their goals and dreams. During her years as a graduate student in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Washington State University, she completed several publications and worked with WSU Coalition for Women Students, which works to create awareness of injustices for people of all genders and foster a safe and inclusive environment for all students. In her spare time, she likes to read books on personal growth and the juvenile justice system. She also enjoys hiking, playing volleyball, and tennis.
Sandy Ross started at SFCC in 2003 in the Education and Education Paraeducator Programs. Before joining SFCC, Sandy spent 30+ years working in elementary education. She has taught first, third, fifth and sixth grades. She also worked as an art specialist for several years at the elementary level. In addition to teaching Sandy received an M.A. Ed in Educational Leadership Washington State University as well as principal certification. She then became an administrator in a middle school with 800 students enrolled.
Sandy teaches education and education paraeducator online. It is hard to build strong relationships with students when teaching at a distance, but to Sandy building strong, trusting relationships with her students is essential. Student success in her classes is a team effort between instructor and student.
In her time away from teaching Sandy loves playing with her dogs, gardening, and doing a variety of arts and crafts.
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