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Associate in Arts - Special Education Paraeducator/Instructional Assistant
Catalog 2012-2013

The associate in arts degree in special education paraeducator/instructional assistant is designed as a two-year curricular pathway that offers students a broad general education while integrating an in-depth study of the skills and knowledge required to work with people with various disabilities in a variety of educational and related rehabilitation settings.  The courses are intended to introduce students to career opportunities in special education or other disability related fields, and can provide preparation for transfer to four-year institutions to continue their course of study in general education and special education.  Classes are designed to serve working individuals wishing to improve their applied skills and professional growth.

To earn a degree, students must complete each course used to meet a major requirement with a “C” grade or higher.  Required courses are available in the evening and during the day. Certain courses may satisfy both a major and a graduation requirement; however, the units are only counted once.  Students who intend to transfer to a four-year program in education/teacher preparation should consult with a counselor regarding specific requirements.

Major requirements

Units

ECE 124

Child Development and Psychology

  3

PSYCH 122

Psychology in Modern Life

  3

SPEDU 101

Introduction to Disabilities

  3

SPEDU 102

Historical Perspectives of Disabilities and the Law

  3

SPEDU 103

Classroom Strategies for the Special Education Paraeducator

  3

Plus 2-4 units from:

COOP 170

Occupational Work Experience Education

  1-4

COOP 180

Internship in Occupational Work Experience Education

  1-4

Plus at least 6 units from:

ECE 125

Principles and Practices of Early Childhood Education

  3

ECE 126

Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child

  3

ECE 128

Advanced Curriculum Development in ECE

  3

ECE 263

The Special Needs Child: Speech, Language and Hearing Development

  1

ECE 265

Working with Young Children with Special Needs

  2

ECE 269

Introduction to Special Needs in Young Children

  3

EDUC 120

Teaching as a Profession

  3

EDUC 122

Introduction to Reading Development and Interventions for K-3

  3

MATH 124

Mathematics for Liberal Arts

  3

SIGN 280

American Sign Language (ASL) I

  3

SIGN 281

American Sign Language (ASL) II

  3

SIGN 282

American Sign Language (ASL) III

  3

Total minimum required units

23

Program-level SLOs. Associate in arts degree in Special Education Paraeducator/Instructional Assistant [ (Datatel code AA.SPEDP.D)]
#1. analyze state and federal legislation pertaining to general and special education.

#2. use a variety of instruction strategies and materials that respect individual differences.

#3. understand how culture affects relationships among children, families, and schooling.

SLOs updated Jul 23, 2013 1:47:48 PM

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Certificate of Achievement - Special Education Paraeducator/Instructional Assistant
Catalog 2012-2013

This entry-level program prepares students with practical skills and knowledge to work with people with disabilities in a variety of educational and rehabilitation settings.  Additionally, the courses are intended to introduce students to career opportunities in special education or other disability related fields, and can provide preparation for transfer to four-year institutions to continue a course of study in general education and special education.  Classes are designed to serve working individuals wishing to improve their applied skills and professional growth.

To earn a certificate of achievement, students must complete each course used to meet a certificate requirement with a "C" grade or higher.  Required courses are available in the evening and during the day.

Required courses

Units

ECE 124

Child Development and Psychology

  3

PSYCH 122

Psychology in Modern Life

  3

SPEDU 101

Introduction to Disabilities

  3

SPEDU 102

Historical Perspectives of Disabilities and the Law

  3

SPEDU 103

Classroom Strategies for the Special Education Paraeducator

  3

Plus 2-4 units from:

COOP 170

Occupational Work Experience Education

  1-4

COOP 180

Internship in Occupational Work Experience Education

  1-4

Plus at least 6 units from:

ECE 125

Principles and Practices of Early Childhood Education

  3

ECE 126

Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child

  3

ECE 128

Advanced Curriculum Development in ECE

  3

ECE 263

The Special Needs Child: Speech, Language and Hearing Development

  1

ECE 265

Working with Young Children with Special Needs

  2

ECE 269

Introduction to Special Needs in Young Children

  3

EDUC 120

Teaching as a Profession

  3

EDUC 122

Introduction to Reading Development and Interventions for K-3

  3

MATH 124

Mathematics for Liberal Arts

  3

SIGN 280

American Sign Language (ASL) I

  3

SIGN 281

American Sign Language (ASL) II

  3

SIGN 282

American Sign Language (ASL) III

  3

Total minimum required units

23

Program-level SLOs. Certificate of achievement in Special Education Paraeducator/Instructional Assistant [ (Datatel code CA.SPEDP.D)]
#1. analyze state and federal legislation pertaining to general and special education.

#2. use a variety of instruction strategies and materials that respect individual differences.

#3. demonstrate and understanding of how culture affects relationships among children, families, and schooling.

SLOs updated Jul 23, 2013 1:47:48 PM

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