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

Paraeducation Certificate

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Total Credits: 16

Major Number: 5606
CIP Code: 13.1501

Program Description

The Paraeducation Certificate combines paraeducation courses in key areas with experience working with children in educational settings. The Paraeducation Certificate is designed to prepare paraeducators to meet the “highly qualified” definition of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Program Prerequisites


Special Instructions

Structured, education-related practicums and field experiences are important components of quality education programs. Students in the Paraeducation Certificate Program are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of approved practicums, field experience or service learning. Students are required to appropriately document their learning experiences using the portfolio skills taught in EDUC 1020  Portfolios for Educators, which is recommended as a first semester course for all education majors.

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 Andrea Coffey with any questions or concerns.

Program Requirements

Total Credits: 10

Career/Occupational Elective Requirements

Any EDUC course(s) numbered 1000 or above. EDUC 1045  and EDUC 2025  recommended
Students may substitute other approved courses for the above Career/Occupational Requirement upon the recommendation of faculty and administrative approval by academic petition.

Total Credits: 6

MnTC/General Education Requirements


MnTC Elective Requirements


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 certificate is intended primarily for employment preparation rather than transfer to a four-year institution. Some 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 your advisor, counselor, or program instructor before registering to discuss your goals, look at programs designed for transfer, and develop a plan.

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.

Total Credits: 7

Semester 2

Total Credits: 9


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