Paraprofessional in Education | Pierpont C&TC
Certificate in Applied Science (CAS)

Latocha, Kristie

Program Coordinator
304-367-4919
137 Education Building
Locust Avenue Campus, Fairmont
Program Purpose: 

This program is designed to prepare qualified Paraprofessionals to work in the elementary and secondary classrooms. This is a Certificate that will satisfy the West Virginia Department of Education’s qualifications for a Paraprofessional position in both elementary and secondary classrooms. Students who complete this Certificate may continue in a curriculum that ultimately provides a pathway to a teaching degree.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the Certificate Program completers will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate competency in basic skills, including reading, writing, and mathematical computation, while working with children and assisting the teaching professional
  • Identify developmental stages of growth and development
  • Apply developmentally appropriate teaching strategies while working with special needs children
  • Apply and practice appropriate classroom management techniques while teaching alongside a professional educator
Opportunities: 

Completers with this Certificate program will be classified as Paraprofessionals as defined by the West Virginia Department of Education. Completers will have the opportunity to work in a special education classroom in both the elementary and secondary levels. In addition, the graduate will be qualified to work alongside a professional educator in a Kindergarten setting.

Many students continue their education by working towards an Associate degree in Para-Education and ultimately towards a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.

Gainful Employment Opportunities

Notice to Students: 

18-hour skill set certificate equivalent to WVDOE qualifications for Teacher Aide IV.  A background check is required for employment in this field.

Program Total Credit Hours: 
37 CHs
Support Coursework: 
15 CHs

COM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

MTH 1200

Intermediate Algebra
3
CH(s)

POL 1101

American Government
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s): 18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing Skills Set of ASSET; 71 or higher on English portion  of COMPASS; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104.
MTH 1200 Prerequisite(s): Minimum Math ACT score of 19, or SAT score of 460, or COMPASS score of 36, or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of 76, or ASSET Elementary Algebra score of 38. If you do not meet these requirements, you will be required to enroll in a 2-hour support class.
 

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
18 CHs

EC 1105

Development of Young Children
3
CH(s)

EDUC 1105

Basic Skills for Instruction Support
3
CH(s)

EDUC 2200

Introduction to Education
3
CH(s)

EDUC 2206

Instructional Support Strategies
3
CH(s)

EDUC 2220

Early Childhood Inclusion & Special Education
3
CH(s)

EDUC 2995

Behavior Support Strategies
3
CH(s)

EDUC 2206 and 2995 transfer as electives into Para-Education Associate of Arts program.

Program Specific Elective Coursework: 
4 CHs

GNED SCIE

General Studies Science
4
CH(s)
Model Schedule
Fall Semester

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

EDUC 1105

Basic Skills for Instruction Support
3
CH(s)

EDUC 2200

Introduction to Education
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

MTH 1200

Intermediate Algebra
3
CH(s)

POL 1101

American Government
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
18 CHs

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s): 18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing Skills Set of ASSET; 71 or higher on English portion  of COMPASS; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104.
MTH 1200 Prerequisite(s): Minimum Math ACT score of 19, or SAT score of 460, or COMPASS score of 36, or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of 76, or ASSET Elementary Algebra score of 38. If you do not meet these requirements, you will be required to enroll in a 2-hour support class.

Spring Semester

COM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

EC 1105

Development of Young Children
3
CH(s)

EDUC 2206

Instructional Support Strategies
3
CH(s)

EDUC 2220

Early Childhood Inclusion & Special Education
3
CH(s)

EDUC 2995

Behavior Support Strategies
3
CH(s)

GNED SCIE

General Studies Science
4
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
19 CHs

COMM 2201 or 2202 may be substituted for COMM 2200.

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