Paraprofessional Studies A.A.S.

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Paraprofessional Studies A.A.S.

Department: Education

Total Credit Hours: 60-61

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Subject Course Title Credits
General Education Requirements (15-16 credits)
Mathematics MAT 108 or Understanding K-8 Mathematics 3-4
MAT 121 or higher Intermediate Algebra
Communication ENG 101 English Composition I 3
COM 101 or Oral Communication 3
COM 104 or Small Group Communication
COM 106 or Public Speaking
COM 110 Interpersonal Communication
Social Science POL 101 American Government 3
Natural Science CHM 101 Introduction to Chemistry* 3
BIO 105 Essentials in Biology*
BIO 108 Trends in Science
BIO 110 Human Biology
BIO 122 Environmental Sciences
PHY 105 Environmental Geology
PHY 111 Introduction to Physical Science*
PHY 125 Introduction to Physical Geology
PHY 130 Astronomy
Core Course Requirements (39 credits)
HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877 3
HIS 102 or U.S. History Since 1877
HIS 115 or U.S. History Since 1945
HIS 145 or Western Civilization: Ancient & Medieval Heritage
HIS 146 Western Civilization: Modern European Heritage
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 201 or Child Psychology 3
PSY 215 Adolescent Psychology
EDU 101 Introduction to Teacher Education 1
EDU 125 or Literacy and Storytelling for Young Children 3
EDU 225 Literature for Children
EDU 212 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society 3
EDU 222 Educational Technology 3
EDU 240 Educational Psychology 3
EDU 247 Multicultural Education 3
EDU 250 Education of Exceptional Learners 3
EDU 252 Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
EDU 217 Educating Young Children with Special Needs 3
EDU 285 Teaching Profession With Field Experience 3
EDU 280 Practicum for Paraprofessionals 2
Elective (6 credits)
Choose Two: EDU 242 Art for Children 3
EDU 246 Music for Children
EDU 125 Teaching Literacy through Storytelling
EDU 225 Literature for Children
EDU 205 Children, Families and Communities
EDU 208 Nutrition, Health and Safety of Children
EDU 201 Cognitive Activities and STEM for Young Children
Total Required Hours: 60-61 credits

What Is Paraprofessional Studies A.A.S.?

This degree prepares individuals to aid a teacher in regular classroom settings or in providing instruction and supervision to special student populations, such as bilingual/bicultural students, special education students, adult learners and students learning English. Students will learn techniques of general classroom supervision, maintaining order, assisting with lessons and carrying out related assignments. Additionally, they help the teacher perform clerical duties such as grading papers, assisting with safety, mentoring and transportation.

2 yrs
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, paraprofessionals and teachers assistants need to have completed at least two years of college coursework.

Occupational Outlook

Employment of paraprofessionals shows a growing trend through the next decade. Employment growth is expected due to increases in student enrollment in elementary and secondary schools as well as in childcare and preschool.

Salary Outlook

In the state of Missouri, employees working as teacher assistants earn a mean wage of $27,120 per year, depending on education, experience and employer. Exceptional performers can earn in excess of $38,820. 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker's degree of education rises.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics and FOCUS Online Career and Education Planning Systems

Paraprofessional Careers

SCC graduates with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in paraprofessional are employed in careers including teacher aids or assistants, special education assistants, special education paraprofessionals and early childhood assistants.

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