EDU 100 - Intro to Paraprofessional Training (3 credits)
This course will focus on 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 information on behavior techniques, communication, legal issues, instructional strategies, and roles and responsibilities.
EDU 101 - Behavior Strategies/Paraprofession (3 credits)
This course will focus on specific strategies to prevent and manage challenging student behaviors, while maintaining a safe and positive school climate. Learning outcomes are based on the National Paraprofessional standards, Levels 1-3. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101.
EDU 102 - Exceptional Learners/Paraprofession (3 credits)
This course will focus on types of disabilities and the behavioral and instructional supports used for working with special needs students. Common terms and acronyms of the special education process are also identified. Learning outcomes are based on the National Paraprofessional Standards Levels One, Two and Three and include information on the important role paraprofessionals have in supporting school success. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101.
EDU 103 - Autistic Learner & Assistive Tech (3 credits)
This course will focus on current information on Autism, and how to embed assistive technology in student learning plans. Strategies to work with students with autism and to use assistive technology for all students will be discussed. Learning outcomes are based on the National Paraprofessional standards, Levels 1-3. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101.
EDU 104 - Paraprofessional Internship (3 credits)
This course will focus on an on ground internship of 120 hours of supervised field work, ongoing journals and discussions, two short videos of classroom performance, an internship paper, and a phone conference. Within the paraprofessional internship students will demonstrate: a) the roles and responsibilities of a paraprofessional; b) effective communication skills with children and adults; and c) effective classroom management techniques and instructional strategies that support student learning. The internship enables students who work in or do extensive volunteering in a paraprofessional setting to earn credits for this experience. A minimum of 120 hours will be required and must be completed in one location prior to receiving internship credits and completing the assessment process. Students must find and obtain approval for their own internship setting within program guidelines. Only Charter Oak State College students registered for the Paraprofessional Certificate may register for this course. Prerequisite(s): EDU 100, EDU 101, EDU 102 and EDU 103.
EDU 305 - Autism Spectrum Disorder (3 credits)
This course will focus on Autism and Asperger's Disorder, including chartacteristics of these disorders, associated learning styles, communication weaknesses, and various intervention strategies. The course will also help the learner make sense out of why individuals with Autism spectrum disorders behave the way they do, and cover what the learner can do to enhance more appropriate behavior. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.