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Paraprofessional Educator

Student teacher and childFond du Lac Tribal and Community College offers a short-term Paraprofessional Educator certificate and a complete associate-level degree paraprofessional program. These two programs provide a range of training opportunities and offer flexibility designed to meet the needs of students.

The current job market is growing and indicates solid prospects for the future. Individuals possessing appropriate certifications and credentials can look forward to brighter job opportunities and higher wages. Statistics indicate that paraprofessional educators with more training and higher decrees earn significantly higher salaries and benefits than employees with less training.

The Paraprofessional Educator program is designed to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, providing students the opportunity to become employed in a variety of educational settings. School districts may have established local paraprofessional requirements, so students are advised to contact local school districts for specific educational requirements for paraprofessional educator positions.

Certificate Options
The 30-credit certificate program is the quickest way to earn a paraprofessional educator credential. As an added benefit, the required certificate program courses are also the foundation of an associate-level degree. This short-tem certificate is a great starting point that can lead to many options.

Students who complete the certificate program may choose to continue in a two-year associate-level degree program and/or a four-year bachelors degree program. Students may continue their education by using the credits earned with their Paraprofessional Educator certificate and associate of arts degree to complete a baccalaureate degree in education, special education, or other related fields.

A student who completes the Paraprofessional Educator certificate might seek employment as an early childhood, elementary or secondary paraprofessional educator in a mainstream, Title I, or Special Education classroom or residential care facility.

Student teacher with childrenAssociate Degree Program
The associate degree program is designed for students seeking employment as a paraprofessional educator, and for people currently employed as a paraprofessional educator who are working to meet compliancy requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. The two-year degree provides outstanding flexibility and opportunity for career growth. After completing the associate degree, career opportunities include child care teacher, child care center director, Head Start teacher, school paraprofessional, family child care, or school age care.

Students may use credits to complete a bachelors degree in elementary education. Other careers requiring transfer to and completion of at least bachelors degree include special education, psychology, counselor, and some healthcare professions. Students intending to complete a four-year degree program are advised to contact the institution they are interested in attending when planning course selection at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

Well-qualified faculty and the multi-cultural environment at the college offer opportunities that no other college can provide. A degree or certificate from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is greatly valued and respected by prospective employers.

For people who already have some college experience, it may be possible to complete the program in less time. Classes are offered during the day and evening hours, providing the opportunity to create a flexible schedule. Small class sizes, on-campus child care, and student organizations are added bonuses at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

For Further Information
To receive more information about the Paraprofessional Educator programs, or general information, contact:
Admissions Office
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 879-0808
TTY (218) 879-0805

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Paraprofessional Certificate
Certificate Requirements
This certificate is designed to provide students with the training, skills, and experience necessary for working with children as a paraprofessional educator in a variety of settings.
ECD 1020 Guidance Issues for Child Care Staff
ECD 2010 Brain Development and Early Childhood
ECD 2020 Professional Observation
ECD 2040 Literature and Language Development
ECD 2060 Integrating Children with Special Needs
MATH 1050 Math for Elementary Teachers
ENGL 1001 College Writing I
CSCI 1001 Computer Literacy
Choose one of the following courses:
ECD 1001 Overview of Child Development
PSYC 2010 Developmental Psychology
Choose one of the following courses:
ECD 1080 Culturally Sensitive Caregiving
SPCH 2010 Family Communication
Total credits required: 30
Associate of Arts Degree
For students pursuing a two-year degree, either with or without the intent of transfer, the following courses are recommended to fulfill Associate of Arts degree requirements. These courses are in addition to courses required for the 30-credit Paraprofessional Educator Certificate.
AMIN1050 Anishinaabeg of Lake Superior
ART 1001 Introduction to Art
BIOL 1060 Environmental Science
ENGL 1010 College Writing IIA: Introduction to Literature
ENGL 1040 College Writing IID: American Indian Literature
GEOG 1020 Cultural Geography
MATH 1050 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
MUSC 1030 Music of the World’s People
MUSC 1040 Fundamentals of Music Theory
PHSY 1020 Astronomy
SOC 1050 The Family as a Social Institution
SPCH 2010 Family Communication
Two Physical Education courses (PE 1051 and 1052 suggested)
Total credits required: 60


Selected Course Descriptions
ECD 1001 Overview of Child Development
This course will examine the patterns and theories of human development from conception through adulthood including physical, intellectual and social-emotional development. It integrates knowledge of developmental stages with developmentally appropriate practice in education and care settings. Emphasis will be given to the periods of early childhood through late childhood.

ECD 1020 Guidance Issues for Child Care Staff
This course provides students with an overview of major theories, principles, and techniques of positive disciple. We will also examine the adult’s role and reflect on how our own unique experience with punishment, anger and control affect our discipline style.

ECD 1080 Culturally Sensitive Caregiving
This course is designed to provide an overview of culturally sensitive caregiving by assisting students to identify the influence of culture on childcare practices. Identifying and negotiating conflicts based on cultural values can help caregivers form partnerships with families that lead to more culturally consistent care for children and help strengthen the child’s feelings of security and developing identity.

ECD 2010 Brain Development and Early Childhood
This course is to assist child care providers and individuals who provide services to young children and their families in using information about the brain to facilitate the growth and development of the young child.

ECD 2020 Professional Observation
This course provides an overview of observation methods used in home or center-based settings. Students will integrate knowledge of developmental needs, developmentally appropriate environments, effective caregiving, teaching strategies and observation methods.

ECD 2040 Literature and Language Development
This course provides an overview of language and literacy learning experiences in either home or center-based settings. Students integrate knowledge of child development, learning environments, and teaching methods to promote literacy, conversation, literature, literacy and bi-lingualism.

ECD 2060 Integrating Children with Special Needs
This course examines the development of children with special needs and prepares caregivers to integrate children with special needs into child development settings.

Degree requirements and courses are subject to change. Students should consult with an advisor/counselor when registering for courses.

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