Education Paraprofessional

Program Info

Effective Term
Fall 2019
Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Certificate of Achievement
Office Contact
School of Health and Human Services: 313-845-9877,, Health Careers Education Ctr, Room: G-132
Faculty Contact
Patricia Lanzon: 313-317-1532,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-307

Program Description


Designed to increase students' knowledge in specific content areas and to promote the development of interaction skills necessary for working with children. This certificate enables students to work as paraprofessionals, teacher assistants, or as an au pair. Individuals who wish to earn an Associate in Arts degree in Pre-­Elementary Education may apply the total hours of this certificate program toward that degree. For more information, please consult the transfer guides in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop lesson plans implementing educational software for grades P – 12.
  2. Apply knowledge of literacy development to assist emergent and beginning readers.
  3. Apply humanities concepts within the pre-kindergarten through secondary classroom.
  4. Analyze elementary and middle school mathematics at the level necessary for teaching.
  5. Apply knowledge of the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development theories of the learner in a school setting.
  6. Apply knowledge of the exceptionalities, learning environments, and laws as they relate to special education programs.
  7. Analyze legal requirements and educational services required to meet the needs of students with different exceptionalities.
  8. Construct scientific knowledge using inquiry-based techniques.
Career Opportunities
  • School paraprofessional
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Au Pair

Admission Requirements

Additional Program Requirements

The law requires new teachers, school administrators, school psychologists, and other personnel to provide documentation of a completed criminal record check. Students who complete field experiences as part of their HFC coursework must provide a statewide criminal record check prior to work with children in public or non-public schools.

Program Requirements

  • *Humanities: Consult your advisor or counselor for transfer institution major/minor requirements.
  • *Mathematics: Note: MATH-109 OR MATH-1094 OR MATH-110 with a C grade or better OR a satisfactory score on the placement test must be completed before taking MATH-221.
  • *Computer Technology: Consult your advisor or counselor for transfer institution major/minor requirements.
  • *Natural Science: Consult your advisor or counselor for transfer institution major/minor requirements.
Minimum Total Credit Hours
Gainful Employment Disclosure

This program is designed to be completed in 48 weeks.

This program will cost $7,123 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical debt upon graduation is not available.

Program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in the State of Michigan.

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