Paraprofessional Studies A.A.S.

What Is Paraprofessional Studies A.A.S.?

This degree prepares individuals to aid a teacher in regular classroom settings or in providing instruction and supervision to special student populations, such as bilingual/bicultural students, special education students, adult learners and students learning English. Students will learn techniques of general classroom supervision, maintaining order, assisting with lessons and carrying out related assignments. Additionally, they help the teacher perform clerical duties such as grading papers, assisting with safety, mentoring and transportation.

Occupational Outlook

Employment of paraprofessionals shows a growing trend through the next decade. Employment growth is expected due to increases in student enrollment in elementary and secondary schools as well as in childcare and preschool.

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Paraprofessional Careers

SCC graduates with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in paraprofessional are employed in careers including teacher aids or assistants, special education assistants, special education paraprofessionals and early childhood assistants. 

Salary Outlook

Nationally, employees working in paraprofessional occupations generally earn between $18,260 and $28,820 per year, depending on education, experience and employer. Exceptional performers can earn in excess of $35,350. Salaries are for a nine-month year.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

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Degree Name: Paraprofessional Studies A.A.S.
Degree or Program: Education
Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree
Description: 
This degree offers classes in general education, professional education and early childhood. Many of the courses will transfer to a four-year institution and will count toward a bachelor's degree; others offer content specific to the needs of students with whom paraprofessionals are likely to work.
General Education Requirements 28
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
Mathematics MAT 108 Understanding K-8 Mathematics 3
Communication

ENG 101
ENG 102  
SPE 101

English Composition I
English Composition II 
Oral Communication

3
3
3
Social Science

POL 101
PSY 101
Choose One:
HIS 101 OR
HIS 102 OR
HIS 115 OR

American Government (required)
Introduction to Psychology

U.S. History to 1877 OR
U.S. History Since 1877 OR
U.S. History Since 1945 OR

3
3

3


Natural Science

Choose one BIO or CHM or PHY and the corresponding lab

4

Humanities EDU 242 Art for Children 3
CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS MUST INCLUDE: 35
Take one of these two pairs

CDC 112 and 
CDC 113
OR 
PSY 201 and
PSY 215

Child Growth and Development I and
Child Growth and Development II
OR
Child Psychology and
Adolescent Psychology

6
EDU 211 Foundations of Education 3
EDU 220 Technology for Teachers 3

EDU 225 

Literature for Children 

3
EDU 240 Educational Psychology 3

EDU 250 

Education of Exceptional Learners 

3
CDC 107 Introduction to Young Children With Special Needs 3
CDC 207 Curriculum and Materials for Young Children With Special Needs 3
EDU 252 Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
EDU 285 Teaching Profession With Field Experience 3
EDU 280 Practicum for Paraprofessionals 2
EDUCATION ELECTIVE: Choose one of the following 3
EDU 244 Physical Education for the Elementary Grades 3
EDU 246 Music for Children 3
CDC 102 Creative Activities and Play for Young Children 3
CDC 103 Literacy and Literature for Young Children 3
TOTAL REQUIRED HOURS 66

* The Academic Skills Assessment is required before enrolling in a math or English course. If a student places into lower-level courses than are required for the degree, then the student must first enroll in lower-level courses before enrolling in the courses required for graduation.

** Students must also pay for and pass the Paraprofessional State Exam

Courses by Semester

FIRST SEMESTER 15
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH
MAT 108 Understanding K-8 Math* 3
CDC 107 Introduction to Young Children With Special Needs 3
ENG 101 English Composition I* 3
HIS 102 U.S. History Since 1877 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SECOND SEMESTER 15
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH
ENG 102  English Composition II 3
CDC 207 Curriculum & Materials for Young Children With Special Needs 3
EDU 211 Foundations of Education 3
PSY 201 or
CDC 112
Child Psychology or
Child Growth and Development I
3
POL 101 American Government 3
SUMMER SEMESTER 6
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH
EDU 220 Technology for Teachers 3
EDU 240 Educational Psychology 3
THIRD SEMESTER 16
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH
CDC 113 or
PSY 215
Child Growth and Development II or
Adolescent Psychology
3
SPE 101 Oral Communication 3
EDU 250  Education of Exceptional Learner  3
EDU 252 Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
Any PHY/BIO/CHM with a lab 4
FOURTH SEMESTER 14
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH
EDU 225 Literature for Children 3
EDU 242 Art for Children 3
EDU 280 Practicum for Paraprofessionals 2
EDU 285 Teaching Profession With Field Experience 3
EDU Elective EDU Elective 3