• 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.


    Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • describe the social, historical, and political foundations of the US system of education as well as the contemporary Issues affecting professional educators;
    • demonstrate the academic foundation skills necessary to assist K-12th grade students in classroom settings,
    • apply knowledge of learners and the learning process to facilitate student learning and foster productive behaviors,
    • employ a variety of instructional strategies in order to assist with planning, instruction, and evaluation of K-12th grade learners;
    • apply knowledge about the needs of diverse and exceptional student populations and how to assist these students in the classroom,
    • demonstrate the ability to work professionally with students, colleagues, and others in educational settings.


    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


    FALL TERM Credits

    ED-100 Introduction to Education 1

    ED-113 Instructional Strategies in Reading &Language Arts 3

    ED-131 Instructional Strategies 3

    WINTER TERM Credits

    ED-169 Overview of Students with Special Needs 3

    ED-200 Foundations of Education 3

    ED-229 Learning and Development 3

    ED-280 Practicum/CWE 3

    SPRING TERM Credits

    ED-114 Instructional Strategies in Math and Science 3

    ED-130 Comprehensive Classroom Management 3

    ED-254 Instructional Strategies for Dual Language Learners 3

    ED-258 Multicultural Education 3

    SUMMER TERM Credits

    ED-235 Educational Technology 3

    MTH-065 Algebra II 4

    WR-121 English Composition 4

    — — General electives (any college level course) 4

    Credits required for certificate 46

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