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

Attention 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 paraprofessionals 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 classroom settings with students with exceptionalities.

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, and special education law.
  • develop collaborative relationships with colleagues to support and advocate for children’s learning.
  • modify and adapt teaching strategies for individual students.
First Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ENG 105 Research and Composition 3
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 3
EDU 105* Introduction to Special Education 3
EDU 101* Foundations of Education 3
Elective Free Elective 3
Semester Total 15
Second Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ENG 106 Introduction to Literature 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
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
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
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
Elective Free Electives 5
EDU 210* Behavior Management and Guidance Practices 3
SED 220* 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.
Recommended electives: EDU 114, 150, 155, 165, 170, 240; SED 115; SPN 101, 105, 106, 205; ASL 101, 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.