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Paraprofessional Studies A.A.S.

Department: Education

Total Credit Hours: 66 credits

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.

2 yrs
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, paraprofessionals and teachers assistants need to have completed at least two years of college coursework.

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.

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.

Source: FOCUS Online Career and Education Planning Systems

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.

Required Courses

SubjectCourseTitleCredits
General Education Requirements (28 credits)
Mathematics MAT 108 Understanding K-8 Mathematics 3
Communication ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
SPE 101 Oral Communication 3
Social Science POL 101 American Government (required) 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877 or 3
HIS 102 or U.S. History Since 1877 or
HIS 115 U.S. History Since 1945
Natural Science Any BIO or Any BIOLOGY or 4
Any CHM or Any CHEMISTRY or
Any PHY Any PHYSICAL SCIENCE and the corresponding lab
Humanities EDU 242 Art for Children 3
Core Course Requirements (6 credits)
(Pick 1 Group CDC 112 and Child Growth and Development I and 6
CDC 113 Child Growth and Development II
PSY 201 and Child Psychology and 6
PSY 215 Adolescent Psychology
Core Course Requirements (29 credits)
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 Electives (3 credits) - Choose one of the following
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 credits

* The Academic Skills Assessment is required before enrolling in 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

Suggested Schedule Planning

CourseTitleCredits
First Semester (15 credits)
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 credits)
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 Child Psychology or 3
CDC 112 Child Growth and Development I
POL 101 American Government 3
Summer Semester (6 credits)
EDU 220 Technology for Teachers 3
EDU 240 Educational Psychology 3
Third Semester (16 credits)
CDC 113 or Child Growth and Development II or 3
PSY 215 Adolescent Psychology
SPE 101 Oral Communication 3
EDU 250 Education of Exceptional Learner 3
EDU 252 Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
Any BIO Any BIOLOGY 4
Any CHM Any CHEMISTRY
Any PHY with a lab Any PHYSICAL SCIENCE with a lab
Fourth Semester (14 credits)
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
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 66 credits

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