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2018-2019 Course Catalog 
2018-2019 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 coursework in the foundations of the field of education and teaching strategies, preparing individuals to provide direct services and support to children in educational settings.  The certificate aligns with Century’s Education AS degree.

Program Prerequisites


Special Instructions

Structured, education-related field experiences are important components of quality education programs. Students in the Paraeducation Certificate Program are required to complete a minimum of 50 hours of approved field experience. 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. Transportation is not provided.

Program Requirements

Total Credits: 16

MnTC/General Education Requirements


MnTC Elective Requirements


Additional Elective Requirements


Additional Requirements

Students completing the Paraeducation Certificate are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of approved practicums or field experiences. A MN Human Services Background Check may be required.

Program Information

General Requirements for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

See Century College Policy

Program Note

Individuals who have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on their chances of employment in the field they intend to study or on their chances to obtain federal, state and other higher education financial aid.

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-12 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.

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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