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Catalog 2019-20

Special Needs Para Educator AAS Degree

Working as a Para Educator requires persons to be supportive and nurturing while taking a strength-based perspective to the strengths of each person with special needs. This curriculum contains theoretical and practical experiences designed to prepare students to work in public school special education classrooms, inclusive classrooms and resource rooms, institutional settings, sheltered workshops, job coaching programs, group homes or sup- ported-living programs. Students learn to work effectively as members of professional educational and community based teams that support persons with disabilities. 

Students who satisfactorily complete all college and program requirements qualify for an associate in applied science degree.

 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 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. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection.

Schoolcraft program code # AAS.00021
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Sample Plan

First Year - Fall Semester

Total Credits: 15-16

First Year - Winter Semester

Total Credits: 15

Second Year - Fall Semester

Total Credits: 15

Second Year - Winter Semester

Total Credits: 16-20

Program Total: 61-66 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.

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