Education Paraprofessional A.A.S.
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The Education Paraprofessional program provides theory and practice in the skills for
working as effective members of instructional teams. An education paraprofessional works
under the supervision of a licensed/certificated staff member to assist and support
educational services. Courses within all options address the Washington State Core
Competencies for Paraeducators and the Washington State Skill Standards. 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. The focus on Special Education includes the core curriculum courses described
above yet delve deeper into providing services for children identified with disabilities
such as learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and developmental
AAS Education Paraprofessional, General Education: The goal for this option is to
support learners experiencing delays and/or those who are learning English as well as
typical students within a general education setting.
AAS Education Paraprofessional, Early Childhood: Courses include the core curriculum
described above and is intended to meet the needs of persons who wish to become
paraeducators in grades K-3.
AAS Education Paraprofessional, School Library Media Technician: 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 267.
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