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  Nov 24, 2017
 
2017-2018 Catalog

Paraprofessional Educator, A.A.S.


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The Paraprofessional Educator Associate in Applied Science Degree program is designed to prepare students to assist teachers in a variety of classroom settings, and to meet the standards for paraprofessional educators developed in response to the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). This curriculum is based on professional standards developed by the American Federation of Teachers, as well as the Paraprofessional Task Force convened by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB).

Please note: This program is not for students planning to become regularly certified professional teachers in Illinois public schools. Consult an advisor for more information.

I. General Education Core (22)


Area A: Communication (9 credits)


Area B: Humanities and Fine Arts (3 credits)


Select one course from Area B 

Strongly recommended courses include ART 131 ; ENG 215 ; HUMAN 101 

Area C: Mathematics


(requirement met by completion of EDU 111  in the program requirements*)

Area D: Physical and Life Sciences (4 credits)


Select one IAI approved laboratory science course from the courses for Area D 

Area E: Social and Behavioral Science (6 credits)


Select one additional course from Area E


Strongly recommended courses include:

II. Program Requirements (28)


Select one cultural awareness course from the following:


Select one teaching strategies course from the following:


III. Electives (12)


Select 12 credit hours from the following courses:

Any of the following courses required for elementary teacher certification:


Program Total: 62 credits


*Students may substitute one of the following options for  EDU 111 /MATH 111   .

Students interested in elementary or early childhood education must choose BOTH courses:

MATH 200   Mathematics for Elementary Teaching I AND

MATH 206   Mathematics of Elementary Teaching II

Students interested in working in the secondary or special education setting may choose from:

MATH 112   General Education Mathematics OR

MATH 115   General Education Statistics

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