Award: Associate of Applied Sciences Degree
No. of credits required: 60
For more information: Contact Associate Professor Laura Hutton, 443-412-2093, email@example.com; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.
This program prepares students for employment as paraeducators (teaching assistants) in a public or private school. Paraeducators work under the supervision of a teacher to provide instructional and/or behavioral support in a variety of general and special education settings. This program includes two required field placement experiences (30 hours each) which will provide students with experience assisting in both students with and without disabilities.
Upon completion of the Paraeducation AAS Degree Program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate professional teaching behavior including effective communication.
- Develop collaborative relationships with co-workers and parents to support children’s learning.
- Modify and implement curriculum and select instructional techniques appropriate for a variety of students.
- Identify influences on growth and development and compare theories of learning.
- Support children in learning appropriate behavior.
- Make decisions in accordance with legal and ethical standards.
The United States Department of Labor anticipates the number of paraeducator positions to grow by 15% between 2010 and 2020. This growth is predicted as a result of increases in student enrollment. Completion of the Paraeducator A.A.S. program makes students “highly qualified” for a position as a paraeducator and provides graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to be a valuable addition to a general or special education classroom.
Recommended Course Sequence
|EDUC 109||Paraprofessional Success||3|
|ENG 101||English Composition (GE)||3|
|PSY 101||General Psychology (GB)||3|
|Mathematics Elective (GM)||3|
|CMST 105||Interpersonal Communication (GI) (D)||3|
or EDUC 113
|Introduction to Education 1
or Introduction to Early Childhood Education
|Select one of the following:||3|
|The Young Child|
|Behavioral/Social Science Elective (GB)||3|
|Physical Education Elective||1|
|EDUC 207||Processes and Acquisition of Reading||3|
|EDUC 220||Teaching Methods for Differentiating Instruction/Elementary||3|
|Biological/Physical Lab Science Elective (GL)||4|
|Physical Education Elective||1|
|EDUC 219||Everyday Classroom Assessment||3|
|EDUC 210||Children with Behavioral Challenges||3|
|EDUC 217||Introduction to Special Education 1||3|
|Arts/Humanities Elective (GH)||3|
Students are required to participate in a thirty-hour field placement experience in addition to time spent in EDUC 101 Introduction to Education, EDUC 113 Introduction to Early Childhood Education, and EDUC 217 Introduction to Special Education. Field placement experiences take place sometime during regular school hours, generally between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. A criminal record check will be conducted prior to students entering a school setting.
Select four of the following courses:
|CIS 102||Introduction to Information Sciences (GI)||3|
|EDUC 101||Introduction to Education||3|
|EDUC 103||The Young Child||3|
|EDUC 104||Materials and Curriculum in Early Childhood||3|
|EDUC 108||Classroom Management: Early Childhood||3|
|EDUC 110||Infant and Toddler Curriculum||3|
|EDUC 113||Introduction to Early Childhood Education||3|
|EDUC 208||Avenues to Children's Literacy||3|
|EDUC 216||Child Health, Safety and Nutrition||3|
|SOC 101||Introduction to Sociology (GB) (D)||3|
|SOC 214||Juvenile Delinquency||3|
|PSY 202||Child Psychology||3|
|PSY 204||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|PSY 207||Educational Psychology||3|
|PSY 212||The Helping Relationship||3|
|PSY 216||Adolescent Psychology||3|
General Education Degree Requirements
Note: The following codes identify courses which satisfy the General Education Degree Requirements:
Behavioral/Social Science (GB)
English Composition (GE)
Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues (GI)
Biological/Physical Laboratory Science (GL)
Biological/Physical Science (GS)