Educational Paraprofessional (Instructional Assistant) (AS Degree S0375)

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Degree S0375

This degree program prepares paraprofessionals to work with children in a variety of ways that enhance learning. Graduates will be able to assist classroom teachers in working with K-12 students, including students with special needs. This associate degree certifies that paraprofessionals are “highly qualified” as specified by federal legislation.

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Core Courses
CHLD 1Child, Family, School and Community3
Choose one from the following:3
Child Growth and Lifespan Development
Child Growth and Lifespan Development - Honors
Child and Adolescent Development
Developmental Psychology
Introduction to Child Psychology
CHLD 68Introduction to Children With Special Needs3
EDUC 10Introduction to Education3
EDUC 16Aspects and Issues in Teaching3
Required Electives
Choose one course from the following:3
Early Literacy in Child Development
Health, Safety, and Nutrition of Children
Language Acquisition
First Aid and CPR
Children's Literature
Total Units18

 Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence

Explore Your Future as an Educational Paraprofessional

The Guided Pathway of Study grid below offers a semester by semester plan for achieving the AS Degree in Educational Paraprofessional/Instructional Assistant as recommended by content Faculty Members and Counselors. This Guided Pathway of Study assumes the student is able to take 12-15 units per semester.

If the number of units you are able to take are fewer than 12-15 per semester, or you are eligible for English other than English 1A,  and Math other than Math 71, please make an appointment with a counselor who will assist you with developing your personal Guided Pathway of Study for this degree. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Units
CHLD 5 Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs 3
CHLD 10 Child Growth and Lifespan Development ((or CHLD 11 or PSYC 14 or PSYC 15)) 3
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4
ARTB 14 Basic Studio Arts 3
Intersession 1
SPAN 1 Elementary Spanish ((or any AREA C World Language General Education course)) 1 4
KINF 36A Circuit Training Beginning 2 1-2
Semester 2
CHLD 1 Child, Family, School and Community 3
EDUC 10 Introduction to Education 3
MATH 71 Intermediate Algebra 5
CHLD 51 Early Literacy in Child Development ((or CHLD 64 or ENGL 81 or KIN 3 or LIT 40)) 3
Intersession 2
HIST 1 History of the United States 3
Second Year
Semester 1
EDUC 16 Aspects and Issues in Teaching 3
CHLD 68 Introduction to Children With Special Needs 3
BIOL 3 Ecology and Field Biology 4
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4
Semester 2
Recommended 12 units of degree applicable electives here 12
 Total Units61-62

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

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