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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
2017-2018 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paraeducator, AAS

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Total Credits: 60

Major Number: 5020
CIP Code: 13.1501

Program Description

The Associate in Applied Science Paraeducator is a pre-professional program providing an essential core of education courses and experiences. It prepares individuals for work as educational paraprofessionals. The curriculum provides specific training, general education and experience working with children or youth in educational settings. This degree will fulfill the education requirements for paraprofessionals as described in the Leave No Children Behind legislation (Title I schools).

Program Prerequisites


Special Instructions

Structured, education-related practicums, service learning and field experiences are important components of quality education programs. Students in the Paraeducator Associate in Applied Science program are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of approved practicum, field experience or service learning. Students are required to appropriately document their learning experiences using the portfolio skills taught in EDUC 1020  (which is recommended as a first semester course for all education majors), and EDUC 1021  (which is recommended at the end of the first year or beginning of the second year). Be advised that transfer institutions and/or employers may also ask for this documentation.

A MN Human Services Background Study may be required for some education field experiences, however, the background study is not mandatory to start or complete the programs. Please contact a program instructor for any questions or concerns about the background study.

Program Requirements

Total Credits: 38

Career/Occupational Elective Requirements


MnTC/General Education Requirements

Goal 1: Communication

Goal 2: Critical Thinking

Fulfilled when all MnTC goals for this degree are complete.

Goal 3 and/or 4: Natural Sciences/Math/Logical Reasoning

Minimum of 3 credits; one course from either Goal 3 and/or Goal 4.
NOTE: Goal 3 courses do not have to be lab courses. Goal 4 courses must be numbered between MATH 1025  and MATH 1082 , or PHIL 1041  

Credit Hours: 3

Goal 5: History/Social/Behavioral Sciences

Minimum of 3 credits.

Credit Hours: 3

Goal 6: Humanities/Fine Arts

Minimum of 3 credits.

Credit Hours: 3

Goals 7-10: Theme Goals

Three credits in one Goal area selected from Goals 7, 8, 9 or 10 are required. Many courses from Goals 1-6 also meet Goals 7-10. One course may fulfill a maximum of two Goals. Credits count only once.

Goal 7: Human Diversity

Goal 8: Global Perspectives

Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility

Goal 10: People and the Environment

Total Credits: 16

MnTC Elective Requirements

Select 6 credits

Total Credits: 6

Additional Elective Requirements


Additional Requirements


Program Information

General Requirements for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

See Century College Policy

Program Note


Transfer, Articulation Agreements, and Partnerships

See the Century College website for information regarding transfer.
This degree program is designed for both employment preparation and transfer. Some of the courses may not transfer to a number of four-year colleges. If you are considering the possibility of transfer, you may wish to talk with an advisor, counselor or the program instructor before registering to discuss your goals and look at programs designed for transfer.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate academic knowledge and practical skill in teaching students in grades K-5 in various areas of need in community schools.
  • Communicate effectively with students and staff and collaborate with mentoring teachers who supervise the volunteering experience.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply professional knowledge and classroom experience to new situations.
  • Identify and interpret ethical and social issues associated with the education field.
  • Demonstrate the ability to create professional electronic portfolios showcasing achievement in the field of education.

Program Contact Information

Christina Davis 651.747.4031 Room 3256 West

Sample Plan

Please note that this is a sample course sequence. Individual schedules will vary depending upon student needs, goals, and availability. Students are recommended to meet with their advisor, counselor, or faculty program instructors to create an individualized plan that includes prerequisites and application requirements. For detailed program information see the Century College website. This information is subject to change.


This information is subject to change. Changes and updates are posted on century.edu

Century College is a member of the Minnesota State system. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator. This document can be available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 651.779.3354 or 1.800.228.1978 x 3354.

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