EDU 104: Paraprofessional Internship

Course Description

This course consists of an on-ground internship with a minimum of 100 hours required in one setting of supervised field work, an ongoing field journal, discussion posts, two video tapings of classroom performance, an internship paper and a phone conference. Completion of an internship is a requirement to earn a paraprofessional certificate. An internship is performance based and enables you to earn credit by demonstrating that you have knowledge and competencies in the area of paraeducator and that you can apply your knowledge in actual situations.  Your internship site may be your place of work or the site of an extensive volunteer experience. Prior experience may be considered with faculty approval. Internship Settings must be in one of the following types of programs: Early childhood programs NAEYC center-based accredited program or Head Start center-based approved program, Pre-K to Grade 12 public schools (includes magnet and charter schools), or Pre-K to Grade 12 private schools (state approved). Students must find and obtain approval for their own internship setting. Students are asked to complete the Internship Guidelines and Forms at the beginning of the course. Students must identify a supervisor for their internship experience. Your supervisor will be someone in your work or volunteer setting who will verify your responsibilities and be able to comment on your work based on his or her observations of you and interactions with you in this setting. The supervisor must have at least two years of experience in the field and hold an associate’s degree in education, or a bachelor’s degree. The faculty consultant may approve exceptions. (3 credits)


  • EDU 100: Introduction to Paraprofessional Training
  • One additional course listed below is required for participation in the internship course:
    • EDU 101: Behavior Strategies and the Paraprofessional
    • EDU 102: Exceptional Learners and the Paraprofessional
    • EDU 103: Autistic Learner and Assistive Technology

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the responsibilities of the paraeducator and the legal and ethical issues related to the role.
  2. Demonstrate effective communication skills and participate in successful collaboration activities.
  3. Apply knowledge of learner development and individual learner differences in children and young adults.
  4. Apply effective instructional and behavioral strategies that support positive student learning.
  5. Provide support in the assessment of student performance.
  6. Facilitate the integration of students into various settings.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading



Discussions (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6)


Weekly Internship Journal Entries (Weeks 1-8)


Video Assignment and Reflection (Weeks 4 & 7)


Internship Paper (Week 8)


Final Conference with Instructor (Week 8)




Required Texts

  • There is no required textbook for this course. Additional readings may be assigned by the instructor as needed.

Course Schedule



Weekly Topics




Topics: Paraeducators Standards and Responsibilities


  • Review course syllabus
  • Review course policies
  • Review Internship Student Guide and Forms
  • Read assigned article
  • Participate in Discussion Board
  • Submit Week 1 Journal Entry
  • Submit Paraprofessional Internship Application
  • Submit Prior Experience Form
  • Submit Internship Site Form
  • Submit Supervisor Form



Topic: Effective Communication

  • Read assigned article
  • Participate in Discussion Board
  • Submit Week 2 Journal Entry



Topic: Exceptional Learners

  • Read assigned article
  • Participate in Discussion Board
  • Submit Week 3 Journal Entry
  • Prepare for Video Assignment



Topic: Instructional Strategies

  • Read assigned article
  • Submit Week 4 Journal Entry
  • Submit Video Assignment & Reflection 1
  • Submit Midterm Supervisor Performance Assessment Form



Topic: Behavior Strategies

  • Read assigned article
  • Participate in Discussion Board
  • Submit Week 5 Journal Entry
  • Begin work on Internship Paper



Topic: Student Assessment

  • Read assigned article
  • Participate in Discussion Board
  • Submit Week 6 Journal Entry
  • Continue work on Internship Paper
  • Prepare for Video Assignment



Topic: Learning Environments

  • Read assigned article
  • Submit Week 7 Journal Entry
  • Submit Video Assignment & Reflection 2
  • Continue work on Internship Paper
  • Prepare for Final Conference



Topic: Effective Paraeducator Practice

  • Read assigned article
  • Submit Week 8 Journal Entry
  • Submit Internship Paper
  • Complete Final Conference
  • Submit Final Supervisor Performance Assessment Form
  • Complete Course Evaluation

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COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources

Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.