The Special Needs Para Educator certificate program provides an educational foundation for understanding neuro typical and non-neuro typical human development. The program emphasizes a strength-based best practices model in preparing students to work with children and adults with special needs.
Students who satisfactorily complete the program requirements qualify for a certificate of program completion.
Schoolcraft program code # 1YC.00032
Download the Curriculum Guide (PDF)
See Gainful Employment for more information about our graduation rates, median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information.
First Year - Fall Semester
Total Credits: 15
First Year - Winter Semester
Total Credits: 15
Program Total: 30 Credits
*These classes are offered on a rotational basis.
**Students in the Early Childhood and Special Education programs must adhere to the code of ethics of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Council for Exceptional Children along with the Early Childhood and Special Education Department policies. For field experience courses, students must earn a minimum grade of 2.5 to pass the course. Students may only have two attempts at completing SPE 145. Students who are not successful with the second attempt are not eligible to remain in the program. Prior to the start of practicum hours in SPE 145 students must present to their instructor the following:
- Michigan Department of Human Services Central Registry Clearance. The Michigan's Central Registry is a list of people who committed child abuse or neglect; as defined by The Child Protection Law.
- Michigan background check based upon requirements from the State of Michigan for Child Care Licensing. Schoolcraft College will complete the I-CHAT background check for each student.
- A current (within one year of their first day of their field experience) TB test with negative results.
Not all courses are offered each semester. Students should work with an academic advisor or counselor to develop a schedule that will work for them. Students planning to transfer should check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides or discuss their options with an academic advisor or counselor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection.