Oct 02, 2022  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

Paraeducation: AS

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Associate of Science | 63 credits minimum

Education, Family & Human Studies and Social Work Department
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Eccles ECD Lab School
General Information (801) 957-4073
Education Information (801) 957-5035
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor AAB 237A, (801) 957-4294

Associate Dean
Dale Smith

Program Faculty:
Associate Professor − Lois Oestreich
Instructor − Kit Giddings

Paraeducation courses are taught by a combination of faculty members from the departments of Education, Family & Human Studies and qualified adjunct instructors familiar with the education of students at risk.


Program Description
This program is designed to prepare students to work as paraeducators in public school districts under the direction of certified classroom educators. Paraeducators who have taken the courses listed below assist classroom teachers by providing instructional support to students receiving specialized services (Title I and/or special education) in K-12 classrooms. Students desiring to transfer some of the courses to a four-year degree should plan carefully and consult with an academic advisor.

This program qualifies for requirements of the Federal “No Child Left Behind” Act.

Transfer/Articulation Information
For students enrolled in the associate degree program, special arrangements have been made with Utah State University to allow students to transfer the PED core courses as an emphasis area in either elementary or special education. Students planning on transferring to Utah State University (or other higher education institutions) should consult with an academic advisor to determine appropriate General Education and elective course work.

Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends on the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See and academic advisor at both SLCC and the intended transfer institution for specific articulation information.

Estimated Cost for Students
Estimated cost of books per semester $350.

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the suggested sample schedule, completion time is two semesters.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy
1a. Develop knowledge, skills, and experience to work effectively with children based on industry standards.
1b. Be prepared for further study in education or a related discipline.
1c. Understand key concepts, events and personalities related to education.
1d. Explain theories, concepts and principles connected to the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development of children.
1e. Evaluate and prepare curriculum and program activities consistent with current research on learning theory and models.
1f. Incorporates core knowledge content in a classroom setting.
1g. Working knowledge of State of Utah Core Curriculum.
1 - Substantive Knowledge
2a. Effectively communicate orally and in writing about key concepts and significant topics in education.
2b. Maintain appropriate state and Federally required documentation.
2c. Demonstrates effective nonverbal communication techniques with children.
2 - Communicate Effectively
3a. Use and interpret information represented as data, graphs, and tables to analyze relevant information for working with children in a classroom setting. 3 - Develop Quantitative Literacy
4a. Construct a personal philosophy of education.
4b. Systematically complete reflective assignments demonstrating analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
4 - Think Critically
5a. Successfully complete service learning and laboratory experiences in predetermined learning environments. Dialogue with seasoned professionals in the field to enhance theoretical perspectives.
5b. Demonstrates appropriate social and interpersonal relationship skills in a variety of professional contexts.
5 - Civic Engagement and/or Working Professionally

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Quantitative Literacy (QL) Choose one course (3-4 Credits) from the Following

American Institutions (AI) Choose one course (3 Credits) from the Following

Institutional Requirements:

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 Credit

Student Choice (IN or DEPTH) 3 Credits

Distribution Areas:

Choose one course (three credit hours) from each of the following distribution areas. Once of the courses must also be a Diversity course (DV).

Life Sciences (LS)  3-4
Fine Arts (FA)  3-4
Humanities (HU)  3
Interdisciplinary (ID)  3
Physical Science (PS)  3
Social Science (SS)  3


Elective Courses: (10 Credits)

Students should select electives based on personal interest as well as the requirements for elementary education or special education at the institution to which they intend to transfer. Student should consult with an academic advisor to determine appropriate elective courses.

Sample Schedule

Advising Notes:

MATH 1050  is needed for Elementary Education at Utah State University, Weber State University and University of Utah.

It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description to determine if prerequisites are required. Prerequisites must be satisfied before a class may be taken.

The semesters in which courses are taught are listed. Students should check the semester class schedule for day/evening availability, EDNET availability and other modifications to the semester class schedule.

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