Paraprofessional Educator Certificate
Gain the skills you need to guide our next generation
- Credit hours: 32
- Stackable to degree: Yes
- Potential job outcomes:
Instructional assistant, paraprofessional educator, teacher's aide
Prepare for a career as a paraprofessional educator by completing this 32-credit-hour certificate program. You’ll develop the skills and knowledge needed to work with children in non-title I positions in K-12 public or private schools.
Also known as instructional assistants or teacher’s aides, paraprofessional educators
work in a variety of settings such as classrooms, computer labs and the outdoors.
They assist with tasks including instruction, grading assignments, supervision and
Take classes in educational psychology, students with disabilities in school, diversity in schools and society, technology in education, child development, children’s literature and more. All courses are taught by expert faculty who are extremely knowledgeable in the field of education.
Coursework completed for this program can be applied to the Paraprofessional Educator AAS Degree.
Certificate program requirements
This 61 credit-hour program is designed to promote the development of skills necessary when working with children in Title 1 programs in the K-12 public or private school classrooms. Students must complete both the required courses for the program and 21 hours of approved electives.
F = Fall only course S = Spring only course U = Summer only course
|EDU 201||Introduction to Education||3||Program Requirement|
|ENG 101||Composition||3||AAS General Education|
|Mathematics2||3||AAS General Education|
|PSY 101||Introduction to Psychology||3||AAS General Education|
|Humanities||3||AAS General Education|
|ECE 102||Child Development||3||Program Requirement|
|EDU 211||Educational Psychology||3||Program Requirement|
|SPE 101||Fundamentals of Speech Communication||3||AAS General Education|
|EDU 219||Students With Disabilities in School||3||Program Requirement|
|EDU 250||Introduction to Technology in Education||3||Program Requirement|
|LIT 219||Children's Literature||3||Program Requirement|
|EDU 202||Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Experience S||1||Program Requirement|
|EDU 230||Introduction to Language Arts in Elementary/Middle School Teaching S||3||Program Requirement|
|EDU 220||Diversity in Schools and Society+||3||Program Requirement|
|PSC 101||American Politics and Government||3||AAS General Education|
2 - Students must place into 100-level mathematics or higher. If a student does not place into 100-level math, they may seek to retake the math placement exam or complete math courses through the 080 level to meet math requirements. Students that place into 100-level mathematics or higher can take a 3 credit-hour AAS General Education elective. See full list of AAS General Education Electives.
3 - Select from: ANT 101, 202, ART 105, 130, ECE 101, 226, 250, 252, ENG 102, ESC 110, GEG 101, HST 111, 112, LNG 105, MTH 130, 131, PHY 110, PSY 217, 228, SGN 101, SPE 101.
+ - This course meets the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement.
- Harper College provides Gainful Employment information to comply with the U.S. Department of Education
- Harper Career Paths: Paraprofessional Educator