Remote instruction will be extended through the first two weeks of the semester. On-campus offices are closed and student services are being provided virtually through January 29. In-person classes and services will resume January 31. The Health and Recreation Center remains open. Learn more

Paraprofessional Educator

Your classroom career begins here

Paraprofessional educators, or instructional assistants or teacher's aides, are crucial in providing students with specialized and personal teaching to fit their needs. Paraprofessional educators work in a variety of locations, in a classroom, in computer labs or outdoors, in private or public schools, and assist in instruction, grading assignments, supervision and child development.

The Paraprofessional Educator Program at Harper College allows you to earn an associate’s degree or certificate. Courses cover topics like elementary teaching, working with students with disabilities, technology in education, children’s literature, educational psychology, speech communication and more.

Earn a career-ready degree

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is designed to prepare you for immediate entry into this career field. Coursework in the AAS may also prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university. To learn more, visit our Transfer Information page or see your advisor.

Earn a workforce credential

Jumpstart your career by learning new skills through a certificate program. Many of Harper's certificates are stackable to a degree program through additional coursework.

Flexible program options


Next steps

For more information about starting your college education at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.

Last Updated: 1/6/22