Feb 01, 2023  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

Paraeducation: CP (CTE)

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Certificate of Proficiency l 19 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

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

Students who do not desire to transfer and/or obtain an associate degree can obtain a Paraeducation Certificate of Completion. To obtain the certificate, students will be required to complete the core courses with a grade of C or better.

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

NOTE: This Certificate of Proficiency is not eligible for financial aid. However, courses within the certificate may be eligible if taken as part of a financial aid eligible program. Please check with the Financial Aid Office to determine if your classes are eligible.

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.


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.
3a. Use and interpret information represented as data, graphs, and tables to analyze relevant information for working with children in a classroom setting. 3
4a. Construct a personal philosophy of education.
4b. Systematically complete reflective assignments demonstrating analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
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.

Sample Schedule

Advising Notes:

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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