Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

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Education Paraprofessional (Certificate)

ALLEGHENY, BOYCE, NORTH, SOUTH
Certificate (680.4)

The program prepares individuals to work as a classroom aide or teacher’s assistant in an educational setting. Emphasis is placed on mastering reading, writing and mathematical skills along with techniques for assisting students with special needs. The program enables students to work in public or private schools.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Identify current PA teacher certification requirements, including the development of a professional portfolio and demonstrate behaviors appropriate to the profession.
  2. Identify, develop and utilize resources, materials and technology for classroom, including but not limited to the Pennsylvania Department of Education resources, (i.e., academic standards).
  3. Observe students in their learning environment and empirically document these observation.
  4. Classify learning theories and psychological principles in relation to the development of an educational philosophy and pedagogical practices.
  5. Discuss, analyze and evaluate past and present issues in education.
  6. Describe the role of the classroom teacher in meeting the needs of all students including those with sensory, behavioral, physical, language, cognitive, cultural and learning differences.

Students must be eligible for clearance through the Federal Criminal History Record (ACT114), Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Check (ACT34) and the Pennsylvania Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance Act (ACT151).

Upon completion of this program, graduates may seek employment as a teacher’s aide in a regular classroom setting, an educational specialist or a recreational assistant.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Certificate Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 48-51

First Semester

Course #

Course Name

Credits

EDU-125

Foundations of Middle Level & Secondary Education        

3

ENG-101

English Composition 1

3

PSY-101

Introduction to Psychology

3

 

Restricted Elective

3

 

Restricted Mathematics Elective2

34

 

Total Credits

15–16

   

Second Semester

ECD-202

Children With Special Needs

3

EDU-202

Educational & Assistive Technology

3

ENG-102

English Composition 2

3

 

Restricted Elective1

3

 

Science Elective with Lab3

3–4

 

Total Credits

15–16

  

 

Third Semester

ECD-135    

Observation and Assessment: Practicum

3

EDU-205

English Language Learners in the Classroom

3

PSY-204

Adolescent Psychology

3

 

Mathematics or Science Elective

3–4

 

Restricted Humanities Elective4

3

 

Social Science Elective

3

 

Total Credits

18–19

   

1 Restricted Electives

ECD-107

Health and Safety of Children

3

ECD-113

Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development

3

ECD-210

Clinical Skills With Children

3

ECD-211

Family Systems

3

ECD-212

Language, Literacy & Literature

3

PSY-150

Psychology of Intervention

3

 

2Restricted Mathematics Electives

MAT-102

Mathematics Concepts    

3

MAT-107

Mathematics for Elementary Education

3

MAT-108

Intermediate Algebra

4

MAT-190

Contemporary Mathematics

4

   

3Recommended Science With Lab Electives

BIO-110

Introduction to Biological Science

4

BIO-151

General Biology 1

4

PHS-101

Earth Science

3

PHY-100

Basic Physics

4

  

 

4Restricted Humanities Electives

ART-103
ART-104
ART-106

Art History—Ancient or
Art History—Modern or
Art Appreciation

3

MUS-101

Introduction to Music

3

PHL-101
PHL-103
PHL-111

Introduction to Philosophy or
Logic or
Religions of the World

3

SPH-101

Oral Communication (highly recommended for
those interested in teaching grades 7–12)

3

THE-101

Introduction to Theatre

3

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