This program is designed to prepare students to work as paraeducators in public school districts under the direction of certified classroom educators. Paraeducators who have taken the courses listed below assist classroom teachers by providing instructional support to students receiving specialized services (Title I and/or special education) in K-12 classrooms. Students desiring to transfer some of the courses to a four-year degree should plan carefully and consult with an academic advisor.

For students enrolled in the associate degree program, special arrangements have been made with Utah State University to allow students to transfer the PED core courses as an emphasis area in either elementary or special education. Students planning on transferring to Utah State University (or other higher education institutions) should consult with an advisor to determine appropriate elective and General Education course work.

Students who do not desire to transfer and/or obtain an associate degree can obtain a certificate of completion through Continuing Education. To obtain the certificate, students will be required to complete the core courses with a grade of C or better. All students desiring to obtain a certificate of completion should contact the number above prior to enrollment. This program qualifies for requirements of the Federal “No Child Left Behind” Act.

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