Paraprofessional Educator Certificate
This certificate is a continuing education and professional development program that
prepares teacher education paraprofessionals for entry into the ever-expanding field
of Special Education. This certificate program is specifically designed to refine
your teaching skill sets as they relate to working with students in an educational
setting and to enhance your opportunity for career advancement. This program of study
is also appropriate for practicing paraprofessionals who would like to extend their
knowledge while earning college credit.
About the Program
If your goal is to pursue, achieve and sustain success as a Special Education educational
paraprofessional, you should consider this supportive Charter Oak State College online
certificate program developed in conjunction with the professional staff of Connecticut's
Capitol Region Education Council (CREC). You have the option of participating in the
program on a stand-alone certificate basis, or you can apply the credits you earn
toward a Charter Oak associate or bachelor's degree.
We offer an online environment that makes it easy and convenient to participate while
you remain focused on commitment to your current employment. The skills you acquire
in this certificate program will assist you in defining and honing the teaching competencies
that will contribute to your success as a special education paraprofessional and ensure
a smooth transition to an in-demand career field poised for new growth.
Paraprofessional Educator Certificate Courses (Each course offers 3 credits)
Introduction to the Paraprofessional
An overview of the roles and responsibilities of the educational paraprofessional.
Learning outcomes are based on Levels One and Two of the National Paraprofessional
Standards and include an understanding of behavior techniques, communication, legal
issues and instructional strategies.
Advanced Behavior Techniques
An in-depth study of specific strategies designed to prevent and/or manage challenging
student behaviors. Learning outcomes are based on the National Paraprofessional Standards,
Levels One through Three.
Autism and Assistive Technology
An examination of specific academic and behavioral strategies employed to assist autistic
students in the classroom. The course additionally explores the use of assistive technologies
that support independent learning. Learning outcomes are based on the National Paraprofessional
Exceptional Learners Paraprofessional
A study of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that focuses on
the 10 disability categories protected under federal law. The course provides insight
into the characteristics of each of the law's disability categories and looks at the
academic and behavioral strategies designed to assist students with disabilities.
Learning outcomes are based on the National Paraprofessional Standards, Levels One
The Paraprofessional Internship
An on-site classroom internship designed to allow you to apply skills learned in the
Introduction to the Paraprofessional course. Learning outcomes are based on National
Paraprofessional Standards, Levels One through Three. The course presents an opportunity
for you to work 120 hours in a real educational setting. The course instructor and
on-site supervising teacher will maintain regular contact with you throughout your
internship. You will be responsible for selecting the internship site.
(It is important to note that you must maintain a grade of C or higher in all courses
comprising the program in order to earn your certificate.)
Ready to apply for our Paraprofessional Educator Certificate program? Apply now with
our Certificate Application.