Para Education Certificate

Contact Info

Kristie Latocha, MA.Ed.
Pierpont Community and Technical College
School of Human Services
Para-Professional Program Manager


Contact Info

Dr. Beth Newcome
Applied Design Program Coordinator/Instructor
Director of Special Programs
B.S., M.S. West Virginia University
Ph.D. The Ohio State University
Office: ED 115
Phone: 304-367-4298


Additional Faculty & Staff-Para-Professional Education

Kelly Ash
Adjunct Faculty: Para-Professional Education

Contact Info-Brian A. Floyd

Brian A. Floyd, CEC, CCE, MA
Dean - School of Human Services
Executive Director of Culinary Academy
ACF Certified Executive Chef
ACF Certified Culinary Educator
M.A. Marshall University
Room: ED 143
Phone: 304-367-4409


PARAPROFESSIONAL IN EDUCATION  (One year Certificate of Applied Science)

This one year certificate of Applied Science program is designed for paraprofessionals in the elementary or secondary classrooms or individuals serving as Teacher Aids IV, meeting the current educational requirements for West Virginia paraprofessionals. The curriculum is meant to provide a pathway from aide to teacher through a step process that begins with certificate coursework and continues through the associate degree with many credits transferable towards a bachelor degree.

State of WV Application for ParaProfessional Certification, please select Form 40



Program Information July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2013

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COST (on-campus, WV resident)
Q: How much will this program cost me?
A: Tuition and Fees: $3,652 ($3720 in 2011-12) ($3860 in 2012-13)
  Books and supplies: $1,000
  On-campus room & board: $6,926 ($6864 to $8376 in 2011-12) ($7180-10074 in 2012-13)
  Other Program Specific Costs New student fee $120
2011-12 Catalog     What's Included for 2012-13?
Q: What are my financing options to pay for the program?
A: In addition to any grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, 100% of graduates used loans to finance their education. The median debt for program graduates
Federal loans for completers N/A*
 Private educational loans                        $0
*Less than 10 completers for 2010-11 and 2011-12, and 2012-13
Q: How long will it take me to complete this program?

A: The program is designed to take 9 months to complete.  This program is the first year of an AAS degree. 0% of graduates from this program finished in this time. (There were 2 completers in 2010-11 and 0 completers in 2011-13.

Q: What are the chances of getting a job when I graduate?

A: The job placement rate for students who completed the program in 2010-11 was 0% but 100% of the graduates were working on an Associate's degree; there were no completers in 2011-12.

What type of jobs? WV data 

Q: Will I be able to play back my student loans?

A:  91.9 % of students in this institution who took out federal student loans were successfully repaying them (2009 the repayment data was for Pierpont and Fairmont State University combined) In 2010,  81.5% of students in this institution who took out federal student loans were successfully repaying them (Pierpont 2 yr cohort rate 2010)91.9% of students in this institution who took out federal student loans are successfully repaying them, currently 70.8% of students who took out federal loans are successfully repaying them.



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