• Paraeducator


    The Paraeducator Certificate is designed for those who would like to work as instructional assistants in educational settings. The certificate prepares students to resolve everyday challenges and to professionally support teachers in planning, presenting and evaluating instruction and learning. The paraeducator’s responsibilities include assisting small-group instruction in reading, math, spelling, assisting individual students in the above academic areas and self-help skills, daily-living skills, following behavior programs as directed by the teacher, and preparing and assembling materials. The particular responsibilities assigned to a paraeducator (instructional assistant) depend on the program and personnel in each school. Employment opportunities exist in surrounding areas as a result of the present legislative support for equal education for students with special needs. The program is designed for persons of all ages, races, cultures and economic backgrounds. The program values and encourages diversity in the field of education.

    Course work provides a basic foundation in theory and practical application in how children learn, teaching strategies, developing positive relationships with students, integrating current technology into the learning environment, addressing the needs of special-needs students and the role of the classroom in a multicultural society.

    Course work includes Related Instruction requirements, cooperative work experience and core courses in education, many of which are offered online to meet the needs of currently employed teacher assistants and students exploring educational careers.

    The No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 now mandates that paraeducators who work in Title I schools have two years of college, an associate’s degree, or pass a competency test equivalent to sophomore level course work in reading, writing, math and teaching strategies.

    Program Outcomes

    Completion of the Paraeducator Certificate provides more than half the necessary credits for the associate’s degree as well as a strong foundation in education and teaching. Completion of the remaining degree requirements includes the knowledge and skills necessary to work as a teacher assistant in a variety of public and private elementary and secondary school settings.

    Portland State University Transfer Agreement

    Portland State University will accept the Paraeducator Certificate as part of a 90 credit Associate of General Studies. Talk with a staff member in Student Life & Leadership, or Paula Hamm at 503-594-3210 for requirements.


    Career opportunities may include paraeducator positions in public or private elementary or secondary schools. For information contact Yvonne Smith, 503-594-3207 or yvonnes@clackamas.edu  


    • Complete the following requirements.

      • TAKE CS-121 OR BA-131.
      CS-121 Computer Applications
      BA-131 Introduction to Business Computing
      ED-100 Introduction to Education 
      ED-113 Instructional Strategies in Reading & Language Arts 
      ED-131 Instructional Strategies 
    • Complete the following requirements.

    • ED-169 Overview of Students With Special Needs 
      ED-200 Foundations of Education 
      ED-229 Learning & Development 
      • TAKE 3 CREDITS OF ED-280.
      ED-280 Practicum/CWE 
    • Complete the following requirements.

    • ED-114 Instructional Strategies in Math and Science 
      ED-130 Comprehensive Classroom Management 
      ED-254 Instructional Strategies for English Language Learners 
      ED-258 Multicultural Education 
    • Complete the following requirements.

    • ED-235 Educational Technology 
      MTH-065 Algebra II 
      RD-090 Intermediate Reading Skills
      WR-121 English Composition 



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    Call us: 503-594-3203

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