Paraeducator, associate degree
Why choose Paraeducation at PCC?
The Oregon Employment Division reports that the average annual salary of paraprofessional educators in the Portland area is $35,973.
Portland Community College trains paraeducators as teaching assistants to work in general-purpose classrooms, special education, and ESOL programs. We emphasize field experience in elementary and secondary schools.
You can choose a focus in special education or working with English language learners. Many of the courses in the Paraeducation program are also applicable to teacher re-licensure.
The Oregon Employment Division estimates that job openings for paraeducators in the Portland area will grow 8.5% through 2027.
Awards with a icon can be earned completely online, or you can choose a mix of online and on-campus classes.
|Award||Length||Financial aid eligible||Currently accepting students?|
|Associate Degree: Paraeducator||2 years|
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What will you learn?
The Paraeducation program will give you a variety of skills, including:
- Behavior management
- Group instruction
- Individual instruction
- Interpersonal and intercultural communication with adults and students
- Personal growth
Some students use this program as an initial, exploratory step toward a career in teaching.
Participants in the program learn to:
- Assist in academic instruction
- Communicate effectively with students, staff, and parents
- Meet No Child Left Behind academic standards for paraeducators
- Motivate and assist students
- Understand the roles and responsibilities of paraeducators
- Use inclusive practices for diverse populations
Course listing for the 2020-2021 catalog year.
|ED 100||Introduction to Education for Paraeducators||3|
|ED 102||Digital and Visual Communication Fundamentals||3|
|ED 123||Instructional Strategies: Reading||3|
|ED 124||Instructional Strategies: Mathematics/Science||3|
|or MTH 211||Foundations of Elementary Math I|
|ED 131||Applied Learning Theory||3|
|ED 136||Learning with Technology||3|
|ED 217||Classroom Management||3|
|or ED 252||Behavior Management|
|ED 224||Foundations of Education||3|
|ED 251||Overview of Exceptional Learners||3|
|ED 263||Portfolio Development||2|
|ED 264||Portfolio Development II: AAS Paraeducator Addition||1|
|ED 270||Practicum I||3|
|ED 271||Practicum II||3|
|PSY 215||Human Development *||4|
|WR 121||College Composition||4|
|Choose two of the following:||6|
|Multicultural Education: Principles|
|Multicultural Education: Applications|
|Introduction to Developmental Disabilities|
|Choose two of the following:||6|
|Introduction to Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities|
|Sheltered Instruction for English Language Learners|
|Bilingual and ESL Strategies|
|Education Specialization Electives||9|
|Paraeducator General Education Program Electives 1*||12|
|Paraeducator Support Electives 2||7|
|General Education: 2 courses|
Could be used as General Education
Any course from the General Education list. Must include a minimum of one course from each category.
Any PCC 100- 299 level course.
What will you do?
A paraeducator (instructional assistant) works in K-12 schools and other educational settings. Responsibilities may include the following:
- Working under the supervision of a teacher.
- Assisting small group instruction in reading, math, spelling, etc.
- Assisting individual students in the above academic areas and self-help skills, daily living skills, and other skills depending on the functioning level of the student.
- Following behavior programs as directed by the teacher.
- Preparing and assembling materials.
The particular responsibilities assigned to a paraeducator (instructional assistant) depend on the program and personnel in each school.
Who will hire you?
Instructional assistants are hired by local school districts, county agencies, group homes, workshops, activity centers, and public and private institutions.