Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

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Education Paraprofessional (AA)

ALLEGHENY, BOYCE, NORTH, SOUTH 
Associate of Arts (679.3)

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 the 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 the 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 observations.
  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 or special education setting, an educational specialist or an education technician.

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Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate 60–63

First Semester

Course #         

Course Name

Credits

ENG-101

English Composition 1

3

PSY-101

Introduction to Psychology

3

EDU-125

Foundations of Middle Level & Secondary Education      

3

 

Restricted Mathematics Elective1

3–4

 

Restricted Elective2

3

 

Total Credits  

15–16

Second Semester

ECD-202

Children With Special Needs

3

ENG-102

English Composition 2

3

PSY-204           

Adolescent Psychology

3

 

Restricted Humanities Elective3

3

 

Science Elective with Lab4

3–4

 

Total Credits  

15–16

Third Semester

ECD-135

Practicum: Observation & Assessment  

3

EDU-202

Educational & Assistive Technology

3

HIS-104

US History 1

3

PSY-201

Educational Psychology

3

 

Mathematics or Science Elective

3–4

Total Credits

15–16

Fourth Semester

EDU-205

English Language Learners in the Classroom

3

 

English Literature Elective

3

 

Restricted Elective2

3

 

Restricted Humanities Elective3

3

 

Social Science Elective

3

 

Total Credits  

15

1Restricted Mathematics Electives

MAT-102

Mathematics Concepts

3

MAT-107

Mathematics for Elementary Education

3

MAT-108

Intermediate Algebra

4

MAT-190

Contemporary Mathematics

4

2Restricted 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

 

ECD-212

Language, Literacy & Literature

 

PSY-150

Psychology of Intervention

 

3Humanities Elective

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

4Recommended Science with Lab Electives:

BIO-110

Introduction to Biological Sciences

4

BIO-151

General Biology 1

4

PHS-101

Earth Science

3

PHY-100

Basic Physics

4

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