Award: Associate of Applied Sciences Degree
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Laura Hutton, 443-412-2093,; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

This program prepares students for employment as paraeducators (teaching assistants) in a public or private school. Paraeducators work under the supervision of a teacher to provide instructional and/or behavioral support in a variety of general and special education settings. This program includes two required field placement experiences (30 hours each) which will provide students with experience assisting in both students with and without disabilities.

Students with significant work or volunteer experience in the field may be eligible to earn up to 12 credits by taking challenge exams and up to 12 credits through a portfolio assessment process (including up to 6 credits through independent studies). Students interested in pursuing credit for life experience should contact Laura Hutton.

Upon completion of the Paraeducation AAS Degree Program, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate professional teaching behavior including effective communication.
  2. Develop collaborative relationships with co-workers and parents to support children’s learning.
  3. Modify and implement curriculum and select instructional techniques appropriate for a variety of students.
  4. Identify influences on growth and development and compare theories of learning.
  5. Support children in learning appropriate behavior.
  6. Make decisions in accordance with legal and ethical standards.

(Choose four courses)
 CIS 102Introduction to Information Sciences 3
 EDUC 101Introduction to Education 3
 EDUC 103The Young Child 3
 EDUC 104Materials and Curriculum in Early Childhood 3
 EDUC 108Classroom Management: Early Childhood 3
 EDUC 110Infant and Toddler Curriculum 3
 EDUC 113Introduction to Early Childhood Education *3
 EDUC 191Independent Study: Education 1
 EDUC 192 
 EDUC 193 
 EDUC 194 
 EDUC 208Avenues to Children's Literacy 3
 EDUC 216Child Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
 SOC 101Introduction to Sociology 3
 SOC 214Juvenile Delinquency 3
 PSY 202Child Psychology 3
 PSY 204Abnormal Psychology 3
 PSY 207Educational Psychology 3
 PSY 212The Helping Relationship 3
 PSY 216Adolescent Psychology 3

The United States Department of Labor anticipates the number of paraeducator positions to grow by 15% between 2010 and 2020. This growth is predicted as a result of increases in student enrollment. Completion of the Paraeducator A.A.S. program makes students “highly qualified” for a position as a paraeducator and provides graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to be a valuable addition to a general or special education classroom.


Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
EDUC 109Paraprofessional Success 3
ENG 101English Composition 3
PSY 101General Psychology 3
Career-Based Elective#3
Mathematics Elective 3
 Semester Total15
Second Semester Credits
CMST 105Interpersonal Communication 3
EDUC 101Introduction to Education * 
EDUC 113Introduction to Early Childhood Education *3
EDUC 103The Young Child  
PSY 202Child Psychology  
PSY 216Adolescent Psychology 3
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
Career-Based Elective#3
Physical Education Elective 1
 Semester Total16
Third Semester   Credits
EDUC 207Processes and Acquisition of Reading 3
EDUC 220Teaching Methods for Differentiating Instruction/Elementary 3
Biological/Physical Lab Science Elective 4
Career-Based Elective#3
Physical Education Elective 1
 Semester Total14
Fourth Semester Credits
EDUC 219Everyday Classroom Assessment 3
EDUC 210Children with Behavioral Challenges 3
EDUC 217Introduction to Special Education *3
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
Career-Based Elective#3
 Semester Total15

* Students are required to participate in a thirty-hour field placement experience in addition to time spent in EDUC101 (Introduction to Education), EDUC 113 (Introduction to Early Childhood Education), and EDUC 217 (Introduction to Special Education). Field placement experiences take place sometime during regular school hours, generally between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. A criminal record check will be conducted prior to students entering a school setting.