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Catalog 2020-21


Catalog 2020-21


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 supported-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 field placement hours, interviews at sites where children are present, observations, service learning experiences or practicums, students must:

  • have a clear criminal background check
  • obtain Michigan Central Registry Clearance from the Michigan Department of Human Services
  • obtain a current TB test

Students who are not cleared through a criminal background check and by the Michigan Department of Human Services will not be permitted in the ECE/SPE programs. Some field placement/practicum sites may have additional requirements prior to starting an experience/practicum.

Students are expected to follow the ECE/SPE program policies, abide by the National Association for the Education of Young Children Code of Ethical Conduct, follow field placement policies and conduct themselves appropriately in the presence of children, families and professionals during field placements/practicums.

In order to receive a Special Education Para Educator AAS Degree from Schoolcraft College, students need to receive a grade of 2.0 or higher in SPE 155 and SPE 275. 

Not all courses are offered each semester. Students should work with an academic advisor to develop a plan of study that works for them. Students planning to transfer are advised to check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides and discuss their options with an academic advisor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection.  

Schoolcraft program code # AAS.00021
Download the Curriculum Guide (PDF)

Sample Plan

First Year - Fall Semester

Total Credits: 15-16

First Year - Winter Semester

Total Credits: 15

Second Year - Fall Semester

Total Credits: 15-17

Second Year - Winter Semester

Total Credits: 16-18

Program Total: 61-66 Credits

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. In order to receive a Special Education Para Educator AAS Degree from Schoolcraft College, students need to receive a grade of 2.0 or higher in SPE155 and SPE 275.  

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Student Handbook

Learn more about Credit Hours, Course Load, Study Expectations and more in the student handbook.