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Education Paraeducator

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. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.

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Total Credits: 92

First Quarter

Course 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

Course 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

Course 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
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
Total Credits
 
18
 

Fourth Quarter

Course 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

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ECED& 160
Curriculum Development
5
EDUC 275
Learning Disabilities
5
Choose 5 credit from:
BUS 113
Discounts, Markups and Markdowns
1
BUS 114
Solving for the Unknown and Business Math Review
1
BUS 122
Practical Business Math
3
BUS 123
Practical Business Math Applications
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ECED& 180
Language and Literacy
3
EDUC 270
Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
5
EDUC& 150
Child, Family, Community
3
Choose 1 course 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 a personal education plan customized to your interests and goals, your start quarter, full- or part-time status, any prior credits you have, and the classes available each quarter.
For an up to date list of all classes that satisfy requirements for your degree/ certificate in iCatalog, click here, then select the specific degree or certificate you are pursuing.

  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
    10,470
  • Non-Resident

    $
    14,850
  • International

    $
    26,730
  • Avg. Books

    $
    702
  • Max. Course Fees

    $
    N/A
  • Institutional Fees

    $
    N/A

These dollar amounts reflect the total cost of completing the program. More details
All dollar figures appearing below reflect the total cost of completing the program described by the Typical Student Schedule located on this web page, which are for the current graduation requirements of this program. Exact totals may vary depending on the catalog requirements you are following, if you have transferred in courses, or if you have been granted substitutions.

Tuition, program fees, and course fees are for the current academic year, as approved by the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Washington State Legislature and/or the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees.

Resident tuition is what Washington residents pay. Non-Resident tuition is what out-of-state students pay. International tuition is what out-of-country students pay. For clarification on residency, see Determining your Residency Status.

Avg. Books & Supplies: $942 for an academic year.
The cost for books and course-related material is an estimate based on the Washington Financial Aid Association’s annual student budget. The actual cost of textbooks and course-related supplies can vary widely depending on your program of study and the options you have for obtaining textbooks and other course material.

Program Fees are one-time costs required for the program that are not included in course fees or in tuition. These fees include things like tools, equipment, and uniforms. Only a few programs have program fees.

Max. Course Fees cover the cost of special equipment and materials needed to complete coursework. These fees are not included in tuition. Not all courses have fees and the actual costs that a student pays will vary depending on the courses taken.

Institutional Fees cover a variety of services for students, such as class registration, technology support, health clinic services, bus passes, and more. Most of these fees are instituted after a vote by the student body.

  • Leah Ruiz
    Leah Ruiz
    ESBS Pathway Specialist
    Leah.Ruiz@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3943

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Leah Ruiz

Pathways Specialist
leah.ruiz@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3943
Building 16, Room 133D