Para-Professional Education 1 year Certficate Program

Contact Info

Kristie Latocha, MA.Ed.
Pierpont Community and Technical College
School of Human Services
Para-Professional Program Manager
304-367-4919

 

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
kelly.ash@pierpont.edu

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
Email: brian.floyd@pierpont.edu

 

OVERVIEW OF THE PARAEDUCATION PROGRAM

Paraeducators constitute an important and significant portion of instructional delivery to all students. Legislative requirements and expanding paraeducator responsibilities increase the need to identify competencies required for this much needed professional in the classroom. This program was designed in cooperation with a statewide consortium to provide the paraprofessional with appropriate coursework, skills, and experience to meet the growing need as mandated by the “No child left behind” (NCLB) initiative. Pierpont is one of the leading institutions in providing this curriculum from the certificate level as Teacher’s Aide to the associate degree in Para Education, as required by the NCLB mandate.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN PARAEDUCATION

State requirements, coupled with NCLB and the “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 1997 (IDEA) require that states provide fully qualified paraprofessional personnel to work with children with special needs, and to assist the teacher in instructional delivery in today’s classroom. Schools across the nation are gearing up to meet these mandates. Current Teacher’s Aides, as well as emerging paraprofessionals are preparing themselves with the necessary educational background to qualify for these positions. The current and projected need for the Para educator in West Virginia as well as across the country will remain high as county school systems comply with federal mandates.

WEST VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FORM 40 -
PARAPROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE APPLICATION

http://wvde.state.wv.us/opp/forms/Form40.pdf

 

 


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