Paraprofessional Educator
Major Code: 590A

Associate in Applied Science

This degree offers students a wide range of educational experiences and prepares them to assist classroom teachers at all levels of the K-12 educational system. Students who complete this degree meet the requirements for paraprofessional educators established by the No Child Left Behind legislation.

General Education Requirements15

  • COM100 Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
  • ENG101 First-Year Composition I3
  • ENG102 First-Year Composition II3
  • PSY100 Introduction to Psychology3
  • MTH201 Math for Elementary Teachers I3

Major Program Requirements33

  • DIS101 Disability in Society3
  • ECE115 Child Growth and Development
    PSY220 Child Psychology
    PSY226 Adolescent Psychology3
  • ECE120 Health, Safety, and Nutrition3
  • EDU100 Strategies for the Paraprofessional Educator3
  • EDU200 Introduction to Education3
  • EDU202 Clinical Experience in Education3
  • EDU205 Introduction to Technology in Education3
  • EDU210 Educational Psychology3
  • EDU220 Introduction to Special Education3
  • MTH202 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II3
  • PED211 First Aid and Emergency Care3

Electives and Emphasis Areas12

Students wanting to specialize in a particular paraprofessional educator area should select electives from one emphasis area; students wanting a more general approach can select any electives from the categories listed.

Content Specialist Emphasis
Students should select courses related to their content area from sections B, C, and D of the Associate in Applied Science degree.
Disability Studies Emphasis
  • DIS110 Perspectives on Disability3
Early Childhood Education Specialist Emphasis
  • ECE101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
  • ECE106 Guiding Young Children3
  • ECE107 Development and Guidance of the School-Age Child3
  • ECE125 Child, Family and Community3
  • ECE130 Observation and Assessment2
  • ECE207 School-Age Programming3
Support Specialist Emphasis
Select electives from: Administrative Office Systems (AOS), Computer Information Systems (CIS).
Electives may be selected from the courses listed.
  • EDU296 Topics/Issues for Education1-3
  • HSV120 Introduction to Substance Abuse3
  • SGN101 American Sign Language I3
  • SGN102 American Sign Language II3
  • SPN101 Elementary Spanish I3
  • SPN102 Elementary Spanish II3
  • SPN110 Survival Spanish I3
  • SPN201 Intermediate Spanish I3
  • SPN202 Intermediate Spanish II3
  • SPN205 Spanish for Native Speakers3
  • SPN211 Conversational Spanish3

Total Semester Hours for Degree60

NOTE: Proficiency credit is limited to 20 semester hours for this program.