The Associate in Science Degree in Paraprofessional Studies prepares paraprofessionals to work in public schools.
Students in this program acquire skill in teaching methods designed to support the classroom teacher in accomplishing student goals. Students graduating from this program are able to work as either General Education or Special Education Paraprofessionals. They are also able to continue on for a bachelor’s degree at Charter Oak State College in either Child Studies or Early Childhood Education, which prepares them for entrance into a teacher certification program.
This degree requires a minimum of 60 credits. All major courses must be completed with a grade of C or above.
ECE 101: Introduction to Early Childhood Education3 credits
ECE 176: Health, Safety & Nutrition: Birth to Eight3 credits
ECE 205: Diversity & Ethics in Early Childhood Education3 credits
ECE 247: Child Development: Birth to Eight3 credits
EDU 100: Introduction to Paraprofessional Training3 credits
EDU 101: Behavior Strategies for Paraprofessionals3 credits
EDU 102: Exceptional Learners for the Paraprofessional3 credits
EDU 103: Autistic Learner and Assistive Technology3 credits
EDU 104: The Paraprofessional Internship3 credits
SOC 210: Sociology of the Family3 credits
All General Education and residency requirements must be met in order to earn a Charter Oak degree. Students enrolled in the AS in Paraprofessional Studies degree are exempt from the global understanding requirement and must complete either the US History/Government or Non-US History/Culture requirement.
Students with documented disabilities who wish to request reasonable accommodations* under the American with Disabilities Act must follow the college’s procedure for requesting accommodations found on the Office of Accessibility Services webpage. Below are the Technical Standards with or without reasonable accommodations.
Students entering the program should:
- Have adequate visual and hearing capacity to observe student behaviors in course videos and internships.
- Have adequate functional vision, hearing, olfactory and tactile sensation to accurately observe or assess children's growth, development and learning in a classroom environment.
- Be able to engage in physical activity. Students should have adequate motor function to participate in basic classroom activities and to provide effective, quality care to students. Motor function includes both gross and fine motor skills, strength and coordination, physical stamina, and should allow the individual to maintain periods of sitting, standing, walking, bending, lifting, and moving about in classroom and school settings as needed.
- Be able to use various types of educational and assistive technology to assist children in learning such as using whiteboards, computers, tablets, screen readers and speech to text software.
*Charter Oak State College reserves the right to reject requests for accommodations that would fundamentally alter the nature of an educational program, lower the academic standards, cause an undue hardship on the college, or endanger the health or safety of a student with a disability, other students, internship participants, or any other member of the Charter Oak State College community.
Outcomes & Pathways
Students who complete an Associates of Science in Paraprofessional Studies will be able to:
- explain legal and safety requirements of paraprofessionals;
- apply education foundational knowledge and theory of child development;
- discuss the various types of learners that are enrolled in schools and how various teaching strategies must be used with different types of learners;
- demonstrate effective dispositions for working to support all students;
- communicate effectively both orally and in writing to support teachers in developing effective partnerships within the school, with families and within the community;
- apply developmentally appropriate pedagogical techniques and classroom management strategies to meet the needs of all learners in both general education as well as special education settings;
- explain the roles and responsibilities of paraprofessionals in supporting the teacher in developing safe, healthy, inclusive and culturally pluralistic learning environments for students;
- explain the need for Individual Educational Plans for students and how to interpret plans; and
- support teachers in developing partnerships with families.
Students planning to work in a state outside of Connecticut are urged to check with their State Department of Education to determine if the Charter Oak State College Paraprofessional Studies program will meet their state requirements. A list of state requirements can also be found at https://nrcpara.org/resources/report/appendix3/.
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