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SLCC General Catalog

Paraeducation CP

CTE Certificate Of Proficiency
19 credits minimum

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Paraeducation courses are taught by a combination of faculty members from the departments of Education, Family & Human Studies and qualified adjunct instructors familiar with the education of students at risk.

Program Description

This program is designed to prepare students to work as paraeducators in public school districts under the direction of certified classroom educators. Paraeducators who have taken the courses listed below assist classroom teachers by providing instructional support to students receiving specialized services (Title I and/or special education) in K-12 classrooms. This program qualifies for requirements of the Federal “No Child Left Behind” Act.

Students who do not desire to transfer and/or obtain an associate degree can obtain a Paraeducation Certificate of Completion. To obtain the certificate, students will be required to complete the core courses with a grade of C or better.

Estimated Cost for Students

Estimated cost of books per semester $350.

NOTE:  This Certificate of Proficiency is not eligible for financial aid.  However, courses within the certificate may be eligible if taken as part of a financial aid eligible program.  Please check with the Financial Aid Office to determine if your classes are eligible.

Estimated Time to Completion

If students follow the suggested sample schedule, completion time is two semesters.

Required Courses (19 Credits)

Course TitleCreditsSemesterPrerequisite
EDU 2010 Intro to Special Ed 3 F, Sp
FHS 1500 Human Development 3 F, Sp  


PSY 1100 Human Growth/Develop 3 A  
PED 1010 Intro Paraeducation 3 F, Sp  
PED 1700 Collaboration in Classroom 3 F PED 1010
PED 2150 Exp. W/Stud Rsk 3 Sp PED 1010
PED 2160 Practicum Int Ex 1 Sp Coreq: PED 2150
SOC 2630 Race/Ethnic Rel 3 F, Sp SOC 1010

Sample Schedule

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
EDU 2010 3 PED 1700 3
FHS 1500 3 PED 2150 3
OR   PED 2160 1
PSY 1100 3 SOC 2630 3
PED 1010 3    
Total 9 Total 10

Advising Notes

It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description to determine if prerequisites are required. Prerequisites must be satisfied before a class may be taken.

The semesters in which courses are taught are listed. Students should check the semester class schedule for day/evening availability, EDNET availability and other modifications to the semester class schedule.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

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Student Learning Outcomes

  • Develop knowledge, skills, and experience to work effectively with children based on industry standards.
  • Be prepared for further study in education or a related discipline.
  • Understand key concepts, events and personalities related to education.
  • Explain theories, concepts and principles connected to the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development of children.
  • Evaluate and prepare curriculum and program activities consistent with current research on learning theory and models.
  • Incorporates core knowledge content in a classroom setting.
  • Working knowledge of State of Utah Core Curriculum.

Substantive Knowledge

  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing about key concepts and significant topics in education.
  • Maintain appropriate state and Federally required documentation.
  • Demonstrates effective nonverbal communication techniques with children.

Communicate Effectively

  • Use and interpret information represented as data, graphs, and tables to analyze relevant information for working with children in a classroom setting.

Develop Quantitative Literacy

  • Construct a personal philosophy of education.
  • Systematically complete reflective assignments demonstrating analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

Think Critically

  • Successfully complete service learning and laboratory experiences in predetermined learning environments. Dialogue with seasoned professionals in the field to enhance theoretical perspectives.
  • Demonstrates appropriate social and interpersonal relationship skills in a variety of professional contexts.

Civic Engagement and/or Working Professionally

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