Paraprofessional Educator Associate

Curriculum EDU.PPR.AAS (C220B)

The Paraprofessional directly supports teachers and children in the classroom. According to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), "paraprofessionals should be able to demonstrate knowledge of, and the ability to assist in instruction in the areas of reading, writing and math, or in school readiness;" therefore, "paraprofessionals are expected to have working knowledge of these academic areas." Students completing the AAS Paraprofessional degree will have knowledge and skills in:

  • reading, writing, mathematical computation and mathematical reasoning;
  • critical and creative thinking, decision making, problem-solving and reasoning;
  • communication (listening, speaking and writing);
  • child/human growth and development, behavior management, instructional strategies and laws, policies and procedures;
  • technology;
  • respecting cultural diversity and the views of others; and
  • working as a team member.

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Semester One

Credit Hours

 

ECE 110

Early Childhood Development

3

 

ECE 111

Introduction to Early Childhood Education or

 

#

EDU 207

Introduction to Education

3-3.5

 

PSY 100

Introduction to Psychology

3

#

RHT 101

Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I

3

 

 

General education/Humanities & Fine Arts

3

 

 

 

15-15.5

Semester Two

 

ECE 136

School Age Programming

3

#

ECE 138

Observation, Assessment, Curriculum and Guidance of Young Children

 

3.5

#

RHT 102

Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II

3

 

 

General education/Mathematics & Science

3-4

 

 

General education/Social & Behavioral Science

 

3

 

 

 

15.5-16.5

Semester Three

#

ECE 142

Students with Disabilities in School or

 

#

EDU 200

Introduction to Special Education

3

#

ECE 146

Child, Family & Community

2

 

SPE 101

Principles of Effective Speaking

3

 

 

General education/Mathematics

3

 

 

Electives2

3

 

 

 

14

Semester Four

#

ECE 118

Health, Safety & Nutrition for the Young Child1

 

3

#

ECE 121

Language Development & Activities

3

#

EDU 215

Educational Psychology

3

 

EDU 105

Technology for Educators

3

 

 

Electives2

4

 

 

 

16

 

 

Total credits required for graduation

60.5-62

See ECE course descriptions.

See Humanities & Fine Arts and Social & Behavioral Science General Education requirements; Mathematics requirements for Associate in Arts degree.

Note: A minimum grade of "C" is a requirement for each ECE or EDU course in all ECE programs.

1ECE 118◊ meets the Health and Fitness graduation requirement.

2If a student is planning on obtaining an Illinois Teaching Certificate, elective choices should be based on certificate level. (Refer to Teacher Certification Web site for electives: http://www.isbe.state.il.us/certification)

Chairperson: Mary Ann Olson, Ext. 3672