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Supporting Children's Learning Certificate

Program Code: 905221

This certificate is designed to further the professional development needs of anyone preparing for, or already engaged in, a paraeducator or educational paraprofessional position. The coursework in this certificate program addresses methods for assisting in the instruction, guidance, and classroom management of students by performing a variety of instructional support activities related to grade level curriculum. Integrating current technology into the learning environment is also introduced. All courses transfer to the Paraeducator Associate Degree.


Certificate Completers will be able to

• Summarize the important components of each step of the writing process.
• Use scaffolding to increase student independence.
• Describe ways to create healthy classroom environments conducive to learning.
• Demonstrate the inquiry process in science.
• Prepare an instructional bulletin board.
• Develop a learning center.
• Use a gradebook software program.

Completers will be able to apply credits toward the following programs:

• 105222, Paraeducator


Requirements for Certificate Entry:

• Completed application for certificate

Catalog No. Description
10-522-102 IA; TECHNIQUES/READING/LANGUAGE ARTS ...focus on best practices in working with children in their development of reading and language arts as well as the roles of the teacher and the paraeducator. The student will gain an understanding of how to work with all children and reinforce instruction individually and in groups through questioning, listening and guiding, and scaffolding techniques. Current classroom materials plus enrichment and support activities will be examined and created.
10-522-104 IA: TECHNOLOGY/MEDIA RESOURCES ...develop knowledge and skills in the area of media and computer resources as it relates to the paraeducator. Students will gain experience creating and using web tools including electronic portfolios.
10-522-111 IA: GUIDING & MANAGING BEHAVIOR ...proactive, preventive classroom management, research-based concepts and strategies used to prevent behavior problems, creating positive classroom climate, building student relationships, enhancing motivation, responding to inappropriate behavior will be emphasized.
10-522-118 IA: TECHNIQUES FOR MATH ...techniques for the paraeducator in assisting the classroom teacher in group and individual tutoring activities in math; current practice including manipulatives, problem solving and assessment will be covered within the framework of state and national standards.
10-522-120 IA: TECHNIQUES FOR SCIENCE ...introduction to the content and processes of science. Strategies of teaching science will be studied and practiced and will prepare you in assisting the classroom teacher in group and individual activities in science. Current science processes, strategies, procedures, assessment options and factors affecting science learning will be explored.
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