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

Program Learning Outcomes

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

Explore Your Future as an Educational Paraprofessional

Looking for guidance? A counselor can help.  This Guided Pathways for Success (GPS) is a suggested sequence of coursework needed for program completion. It is not an official educational plan. Schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor as soon as possible to create an individualized Mountie Academic Plan (MAP) specific to your goals and needs.

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
Fall Term 1Units
EDUC 10 Introduction to Education 3 3
CHLD 1 Child, Family, School and Community 3 3
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4 4
 Units10
Spring Term 1
AA/S ARTS Area C-1 Arts Course 3 3
AA/S KINES Phys Ed (KIN) Activity Course 1 3
AA/S MATH Meet AA/AS Math Comptcy Req 5 5
 Units11
Summer Term 1
AA/S USHIS Area D-1 Hist/Pol Sc Course 3 3
 Units3
Fall Term 2
EDUC 16 Aspects and Issues in Teaching 3 3
CHLD 68 Introduction to Children With Special Needs 3 3
AA/S SCNCE Area B-1 or B-2 Science Course 3 3-5
AA/S HUM Area C-2 Humanities Course 3 3-4
SPAN or any world language (Area C1) 1  
 Units12-15
Winter Term 2
AA/S ELECT Degree Appl Course (Elective) 3 1-3
AA/S ELECT Degree Appl Course (Elective) 3 1-3
 Units2-6
Spring Term 2
AA/S ELECT Degree Appl Course (Elective) 3 1-3
AA/S ELECT Degree Appl Course (Elective) 3 1-3
AA/S ELECT Degree Appl Course (Elective) 3 1-3
AA/S ELECT Degree Appl Course (Elective) 3 1-3
Take any 12 degree applicable units (electives) 2  
Educational Paraprof./Instr. Assist. AS S0375 5  
Submit petition to Admissions Records Submit petition to Admissions Records  
 Units4-12
 Total Units42-57
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