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Early Childhood Education for Paraeducators Certificate

My Academic Plan

Courses are displayed to show the fastest path to your certificate and should be completed in the order listed. If you are unable to complete all courses listed in a semester, complete as many courses in this sequence as your schedule allows. If you have questions or concerns about your MAP, please see your Pathways Advisor.

Program Description

This program is designed for students wanting to complete a one-year (two semester) Certificate in Early Childhood Education for Paraeducators and enter the workforce. Students explore early childhood education techniques and strategies, family dynamics, curriculum development, and child growth and development. This certificate program prepares the student for a career as a preschool paraeducator, or “para” to support teachers in inclusive classrooms. Students receive a wide range of knowledge and skills including a solid foundation in the normal patterns of growth and development, various disabilities, giftedness, developmentally appropriate teaching techniques, and learning styles of children with developmental delays. As part of this certificate, students will also earn the Early Childhood Assistant Teacher Certificate.

Learn more about this program.

First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 101Introduction to Early Childhood Education


ECE 103Guidance Strategies for Young Children


ECE 238ECE Child Growth and Development


Total Credit Hours:9
Semester Note: Upon completion of ECE 101, and ECE 103, you should apply for the Early Childhood Assistant Teacher Certificate.

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 102Intro to ECE Techniques


ECE 157Family Dynamics


ECE 161The Team Process


ECE 220Curriculum Methods/Techniques


ECE 260The Exceptional Child


Total Credit Hours:11

Total Credit Hours: 20

Important Program Notes:

This certificate can be completed entirely online or through a mixture of online and on-campus classes.

If starting this certificate in the springcomplete ECE 157 and ECE 161 in the first semester and ECE 238 in the second semester.