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Child Development - Educational Paraprofessional - Certificate of Achievement

Program Code: CSZ.35763

Child development teachers work in a variety of settings providing care and guidance of young children. This includes concern for the mental, social, physical, and emotional growth and development of the child. As a child development teacher, you should be able to work under supervision and work cooperatively with other personnel. Each employee should gain the respect, confidence, and cooperation of children, maintain discipline, and enforce as well as deal with emergency situations calmly. Physically, you must maintain good health and be able to stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl. Good vision and hearing are necessary as well as being able to lift up to 40 pounds. Applicants for child development positions are to be free of communicable diseases including a negative TB test. A DHS clearance for child abuse/neglect is required, as is a criminal background check.

The Educational Paraprofessional Certificate of Achievement is designed to assist students in obtaining the skills necessary to work as paraprofessionals in pre-K and early elementary classrooms. This certificate stresses the importance of understanding child and family diversity, special needs populations, and developmentally appropriate discipline. By completing the certificate, a student can supplement the Advanced Certificate or Associate in Applied Arts degree or use it to directly gain employment.

Certificate Requirements

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
CD 109W2Introduction to the Educational Paraprofessional ______________
CD 113W4Child Guidance Strategies ______________
CD 116W3Diversity and Families in Early Childhood Education ______________
ED 201W3Education of the Exceptional Child ______________

12Total Credits Required


1 - CD 113W is a Key course and must be completed within 5 years of completing certificate. Failure to complete within the stated time frame will require you to repeat this course. See graduation requirements page in catalog.
2 - A grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required in all courses for the certificate.
3 - All CD 110W, 113W, 115PW, and 117W students must complete the following and submit the appropriate documentation to the program coordinator: 1) TB Skin Test. You must submit evidence of freedom from communicable tuberculosi; 2) Criminal background check; 3) DHS Child Abuse/Neglect clearance check; 4) Employment and volunteer contract (practicum agreement).

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