Our paraeducator program prepares students for careers working alongside teachers in elementary classrooms. It is also a pathway to studies in teacher education.

Careers

Graduates of the paraeducator program are well prepared to support the learning of the diverse student population in inclusive educational settings. Paraeducators work with teachers to facilitate small groups, support students with special needs, and help children meet learning and behavioral goals. Paraeducators often assist teachers with classroom preparation, and may also supervise and assist students in library, playgrounds classrooms and resource rooms.

The program combines college-level classroom instruction with practicums in elementary settings to make sure that graduates are fully prepared for the diverse set of roles carried out by paraeducators.

Classes are offered days, evenings, Saturdays, and online to accommodate busy students.

Transfer

Graduates with the Associate in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) Degree in Paraeducation can apply to university education programs.

Course Maps

There are no prerequisites for entering the Early Paraeducation program.

An initial certificate can be earned in two quarters (21 credits). The state credential takes about one year of full-time study (46 credits). The associate's degree option requires about two years (91 credits).

Career Pathway Course Maps

Program Outcomes

  1. Support educational outcomes
  2. Demonstrate professionalism and ethical practices
  3. Support a positive and safe learning environment
  4. Communicate effectively and participate in the team process
  5. Demonstrate cultural competency 

About the Program

Additional help and support may be available for students in need of English language training or basic adult learning skills. Pierce's Early Childhood Education program works with the Integrated Basic Education Skills Training (I-BEST) support program to assist students in need of English as a Second Language or Adult Basic Education training, or who are pursuing their GED.