Human Services

Education Paraprofessional

A.A.S. Degree

General Education Emphasis
Special Education Emphasis
Early Childhood Education Emphasis

The education paraprofessional program provides theory and practice in the skills for working as effective members of instructional teams. The core curriculum focuses on current issues and historical foundations of regular and special education, instructional strategies, behavior management, human development and interpersonal skills in the context of a diverse society. Supervised practicum opportunities for hands-on experiences in schools are provided throughout this course of study.

Certificate: This option may be most appropriate for those obtaining a degree in Early Childhood Education wishing to extend their knowledge of working with children with special needs. As of January 2002, new federal guidelines require most paraprofessionals in public K-12 schools to complete a two-year program.

A.A.S. Education Paraprofessional, General Education emphasis: Courses address the Washington State Core Competencies for Paraeducators and the Washington State Skill Standards. An education paraprofessional works under the supervision of a licensed/certificated staff member to assist and support educational services. The goal is to support learners experiencing delays and/or those who are learning English as well as typical students within a general education setting.

A.A.S. Education Paraprofessional, Special Education Emphasis: Courses include the core curriculum described above yet delve deeper into providing services for children identified with disabilities such as learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and developmental disabilities.

A.A.S. Education Paraprofessional, Early Childhood Emphasis: Courses include the core curriculum described above and is intended to meet the needs of persons who wish to become paraeducators in K-3.

A.A.S. Education Paraprofessional, School Library Media Technician Emphasis : Courses include the core curriculum described above and is intended to meet the needs of persons who wish to become education paraprofessionals or school library technician paraprofessionals in a K-12 library. Library science (LMLIB) classes are taught online and students are required to take an onsite work experience class, LMLIB 288.

A.A. Transfer Degree: If you intend to transfer to a 4-year college to complete a teacher-training program leading to certification, you must follow the Associate of Arts degree. It is important to contact the intended transfer institution since prerequisites, transferability, and program requirements vary around the state. (More information is available on the Education Premajor pages.)

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