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Paraprofessional Studies Autism Specialist A.A.S.

Department: Education

Total Credit Hours: 68-70

What Is Paraprofessional Studies-Autism A.A.S.?

This degree prepares individuals to aid a teacher in a classroom setting or in providing instruction and supervision to the autistic student population. Students will learn techniques of general classroom supervision, maintaining order, assisting with lessons and carrying out related assignments. Additionally, they help the instructors perform clerical duties such as grading papers, assisting with safety, mentoring and transportation.

A.A.S. graduates are prepared to enter the workforce.

Occupation Overview

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

In the state of Missouri, employees working as teacher assistants earn a mean wage of $27,120 per year, depending on education, experience and employer. Exceptional performers can earn in excess of $38,820. 

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

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics and FOCUS Online Career and Education Planning Systems

Paraprofessional Studies-Autism Careers

SCC graduates with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in paraprofessional studies-autism are employed primarily as special education paraeducators, autism paraprofessionals, autism teacher aids or related positions.

Paraprofessional Studies-Autism

71%
According to the National Education Association, 71 percent of paraeducators work with special education students.

Required Courses

Subject Course Title Credits
General Education Requirements (27-29 credits)
Mathematics MAT 108 or Understanding K-8 Mathematics 3-4
MAT 121 or higher Intermediate Algebra
Communication ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 or English Composition II 3
ENG 115 or Technical Writing
ENG 125 Business Writing
COM 101 or Oral Communication 3
COM 110 Interpersonal Communication
Social Science POL 101 American Government 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
EDU 247 Multicultural Education 3
HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877 
HIS 102 or U.S. History Since 1877 
HIS 115 U.S. History Since 1945
Natural Science Any BIO with Lab or  Any Biology Course and the Corresponding Lab 3-4
Any CHM with Lab or Any Chemistry Course and the Corresponding Lab
ANY PHY with Lab Any Physical Science Course and the Corresponding Lab
Humanities EDU 242 Art for Children 3
Core Course Requirements (38 credits)
CDC 112 or Child Growth and Development I  3
PSY 201 Child Psychology
EDU 125 or Literacy and Storytelling for Young Children 3
EDU 225 Literature for Children
PSY 215 Adolescent Psychology 3
EDU 212 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society 3
EDU 222 Educational Technology 3
EDU 240 Educational Psychology 3
EDU 250 Education of Exceptional Learners 3
EDU 207 Educating Young Children With Special Needs 3
EDU 252 Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
EDU 255 Social Communication & Sensory Integration 3
EDU 285 Teaching Profession With Field Experience 3
EDU 280 Practicum for Paraprofessionals 2
PSY 200 Applied Behavioral Analysis 3
Education Electives (3 credits)
Choose One: EDU 246 Music for Children 3
EDU 247 Multicultural Education
EDU 125 Literacy and Storytelling for Young Children
EDU 225 Literature for Children
CDC 205 Children, Families and Communities
CDC 208 Nutrition, Health and Safety of Children
CDC 201 Cognitive Activities and STEM for Young Children
CDC 202 Music, Movement and Creative Play for Young Children
Total Required Hours: 68-70 credits

Success Stories

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Becky Copeland

"I recommend the paraprofessional program to anyone who is wanting to work with students of all abilities."

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Office Coordinator
636-922-8216
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Program Chair
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