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.
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. 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.)
For up to date information, check the current career guide.