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Introduction to the Educational Paraprofessional

Course NumberCD 109W
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours30
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: READING LEVEL 2 or WRITING LEVEL 2. Introduces the role of the educational paraprofessional in a classroom setting. Prepares for work with a diverse population while assisting in implementing curriculum, facilitating classroom activities, and working with special needs students. Identifies the skills necessary to work well with a team of teachers, administrators, and other professionals. Requires a service learning project. (30-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Provide assistance to educational personnel as directed.
  1. Identify ways to support and work with children to complete classroom tasks.
  2. Implement developmentally appropriate practice.
  3. Take initiative in responding to classroom needs commensurate with level of preparation.

Examine different approaches to working with typical and atypical children in a classroom setting.
  1. Understand and implement a range of strategies to motivate children and enhance their learning.
  2. Critically examine and implement a variety of positive discipline strategies relevant to the child and situation.

Function as an effective team member.
  1. Utilize a service learning project in a classroom setting to enhance relationships and function as a cooperative member of a classroom team.
  2. Utilize effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills in team-building.
  3. Identify and avoid obstacles to effective communication and team-building.
  4. Demonstrate respect to all children and team members.

Complete reading and writing tasks to promote learning.
  1. Comprehend, analyze, and evaluate assigned readings.
  2. Reflect upon subject matter and communicate in a coherent writing style.

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