Paraprofessional/Special Education A.A.S. (PAR)

*This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.*

To prepare graduates as paraeducators or teacher assistants with the skills and knowledge required to effectively educate and serve individuals with diverse learning abilities. Graduates may work in public or private schools in general education or in special needs classrooms.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • identify patterns of human development and learning across the life-span and understand that each child’s learning and development are unique based on knowledge of family, culture, and biological influences.

  • develop collaborative relationships with colleagues to support and advocate for children’s learning.

  • plan, modify, and adapt teaching strategies for individual students.

Paraprofessional/Special Education A.A.S. (PAR)
First Semester   Credits
ENG 105 College English 3
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 3
EDU 101* Foundations of Education 3
EDU 105* Introduction to Special Education 3
Elective Free Elective 3
  Semester Total 15
Second Semester    
ENG 106 College English II 3
PSY 145 Human Growth and Development-The Life Span 3
Elective*** Math/Science 3
SED 205* Assistive Technology for Children With Exceptionalities 3
SED 114* Special Education Field Experience I 1
EDU 125* Linking Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Learners 3
  Semester Total 16
Third Semester    
Elective Math/Science 3-4
Elective General Education 3
EDU 202* Fundamentals of Reading Instruction I 3
SED 200* Instructional Strategies for Children With Exceptionalities 3
Elective** Program Elective 3
  Semester Total 15-16
Fourth Semester    
Elective Free Electives 5
EDU 210* Behavior Management and Guidance Practices 3
SED 220* Paraprofessional Practicum 6
  Semester Total 14
  Credit Total 60-61


Teacher Education Advisement guidelines for students seeking a teaching career and/or program of study for transfer into a four-year college program. Students can select and tailor their program based on career goals. Students intending to transfer need to choose courses based on the college transfer agreement.

*Requires field experience and observations.

**Program elective: Required: Any ECE, ECI, ECM, EDU,SED course or SPN 101, 105, 106, ASL 101 or 105.

***Program electives required: A math or science elective must be chosen from the following list: BIO 101, 105, 106, 110, 111, 115, 116, 124, 125, 130, 135, 163, 164; MAT 105, 118, 120, 125, 126, 150, 160; PHY 101, 103, 110; CHE 105, 108, 111.