Paraprofessional Education AA

The Paraprofessional Education program prepares teaching assistants to work in K-12 schools in Special Education, Reading, or ENL programs. The program articulates with the core requirements of the Elementary Teacher Education program while providing needed coursework to improve the learning of students. This degree is designed for teaching assistants and early childhood care providers.

 General Education Requirements

Written Communication
Select one of the following:6.00
WRITING AND RHETORIC I
and WRITING AND RHETORIC II
COLLEGE WRITING AND RESEARCH
Oral Communication
COMM-204PUBLIC SPEAKING3.00
Mathematical Ways of Knowing
MATH-257MATHEMATICS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS II4.00
Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing
Select one course from two categories:6.00-8.00
Literature
LITERATURE AND IDEAS
WORLD CLASSICS
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
MYTHOLOGIES
Arts
INTRODUCTION TO ART
THE ART AND HISTORY OF THE MOTION PICTURE
INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS
SURVEY OF MUSIC
MUSIC IN AMERICA
WORLD MUSIC
HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATER
SURVEY OF THE THEATER
Language
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE I
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE II
ELEMENTARY SPANISH I
ELEMENTARY SPANISH II
Scientific Ways of Knowing
Select one course from two disciplines; one lab7.00-8.00
INTRODUCTION TO BIOINFORMATICS
CONCEPTS OF BIOLOGY
PLANTS AND PEOPLE
BIOLOGY IN FILM
HUMAN BIOLOGY
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
CONCEPTS OF CHEMISTRY
GENERAL, ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE
INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE
PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SYSTEMS
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
INTEGRATED SCIENCE II
INTEGRATED SCIENCE I
INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL SCIENCES 1
NATURAL SCIENCE FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATOR
GENERAL PHYSICS I
GENERAL PHYSICS II
PHYS SCIENCES FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATORS
DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY
ENGINEERING PHYSICS I
Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing
PSYC-205LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY3.00
Select one of the following:3.00
UNITED STATES HISTORY I
UNITED STATES HISTORY II
AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
Diversity
Select one of the following:3.00-4.00
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
WORLD PREHISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
RACE AND ETHNICITY
COMMUNICATION AND DIVERSITY
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
NATIVE AMERICAN WRITTEN LITERATURE
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY
WORLD HISTORY I
WORLD HISTORY II
UNITED STATES HISTORY I
UNITED STATES HISTORY II
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
ETHICS AND IDENTITY
SOCIAL-CULTURAL ASPECTS OF SPORTS
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE I
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE II
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
ELEMENTARY SPANISH I
ELEMENTARY SPANISH II
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
Integrative Seminar: Ethics & Values
Select one of the following:3.00
ID 300A - 300Z (see course descriptions for options)
HELLS CANYON INSTITUTE
Foreign/Heritage Language
Select 16 credits of language if selecting Bachelor of Arts Degree16.00
Total Credits38.00-42.00

Program Requirements

Program Requirements
ED-214PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION3.00
ED-435TEACHING CULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE LEARNERS3.00
MATH-157MATHEMATICS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS I4.00
RE-340FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY4.00
SE-322INCLUSION STRATEGIES K-123.00
SE-333INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION3.00
SE-334INDIVIDUALIZED MOTIVATION3.00
SE-335SPECIAL EDUCATION FIELD EXPERIENCE1.00
Program Electives
Select 9 credits from the following:9.00
INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT, K-8
ELEMENTARY HEALTH SCIENCE/METHODS
PSYCHOLINGUISTICS, LITERACY, AND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AND STORYTELLING
EMERGENT LITERACY
INDIVIDUALIZED ASSESSMENT
Total Credits33.00

Sequential Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
COMM-204 PUBLIC SPEAKING 3.00
COREScientific Ways of Knowing 3.00
ED-214 PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION 3.00
ENGL-101 WRITING AND RHETORIC I 3.00
MATH-157 MATHEMATICS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS I 4.00
Program RequirementProgram Elective 3.00
 Credits19.00
Spring
COREHumanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing 3.00
COREScientific Ways of Knowing 4.00
ENGL-102 WRITING AND RHETORIC II 3.00
MATH-257 MATHEMATICS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS II 4.00
PSYC-205 LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 3.00
 Credits17.00
Second Year
Fall
COREIntegrative Seminar: Ethics & Values 3.00
ED-435 3.00
Program RequirementHIST-111, HIST-112 or POLS-101 3.00
SE-322 INCLUSION STRATEGIES K-12 3.00
SE-333 INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION 3.00
SE-334 INDIVIDUALIZED MOTIVATION 3.00
 Credits18.00
Spring
COREDiversity 3.00
Program RequirementProgram Elective 3.00
Program RequirementProgram Elective 3.00
RE-340 FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY 4.00
SE-335 SPECIAL EDUCATION FIELD EXPERIENCE 1.00
COREHumanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing 3.00
 Credits17.00
 Total Credits71.00

Graduates with an AA in Paraprofessional Education go on to obtain careers in a variety of fields:

  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education (K-12)
  • Tutoring