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Contact: Tony HenryTitle: Department Co-ChairContact: ahenry@mtsac.edu
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Degree S0375

This degree program prepares paraprofessionals to work with children in a variety of ways that enhance learning. Graduates will be able to assist classroom teachers in working with K-12 students, including students with special needs. This associate degree certifies that paraprofessionals are “highly qualified” as specified by federal legislation.

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

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    • Educational Paraprofessional (Instructional Assistant), AS

      Business Division
      Degree S0375

      This degree program prepares paraprofessionals to work with children in a variety of ways that enhance learning. Graduates will be able to assist classroom teachers in working with K-12 students, including students with special needs. This associate degree certifies that paraprofessionals are “highly qualified” as specified by federal legislation.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Core Courses
      CHLD 1Child, Family, School and Community3
      Choose one from the following:3
      CHLD 10
      Child Growth and Lifespan Development
      CHLD 10H
      Child Growth and Lifespan Development - Honors
      CHLD 11
      Child and Adolescent Development
      PSYC 14
      Developmental Psychology
      PSYC 15
      Introduction to Child Psychology
      CHLD 68Introduction to Children With Special Needs3
      EDUC 10Introduction to Education3
      EDUC 16Aspects and Issues in Teaching3
      Required Electives
      Choose one course from the following:3
      CHLD 51
      Early Literacy in Child Development
      CHLD 64
      Health, Safety, and Nutrition of Children
      ENGL 81
      Language Acquisition
      KIN 3
      First Aid and CPR
      LIT 40
      Children's Literature
      Total Units18
    • Child Development, AS

      Business Division
      Degree S1315

      This program provides a theoretical framework and practical experience developing skills necessary to work directly in preschool classrooms. Graduates can be employed at the teacher or master teacher level. The program develops students’ skills and abilities in observation and assessing, planning and executing activities, and classroom management based on developmentally appropriate practices. Degree requirements exceed the identified eight (8) courses for transfer by requiring additional practical experience and curriculum courses.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      CHLD 1Child, Family, School and Community3
      CHLD 5Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs3
      CHLD 6Introduction to Child Development Curriculum3
      CHLD 11Child and Adolescent Development3
      CHLD 64Health, Safety, and Nutrition of Children3
      CHLD 66Early Childhood Development Observation and Assessment2
      CHLD 66LEarly Childhood Development Observation and Assessment Laboratory1
      CHLD 68Introduction to Children With Special Needs3
      CHLD 69Early Childhood Development Field Work Seminar2
      CHLD 84Guidance and Discipline in Child Development Settings1
      CHLD 91Early Childhood Development Field Work1
      Choose one of the following sequences:3
      CHLD 67
      Early Childhood Education Practicum
      CHLD 67L
      Early Childhood Education Practicum Laboratory
      OR
      CHLD 86
      Infant Toddler Practicum Seminar
      CHLD 87
      Infant Toddler Practicum Field Work Experience
      Total Units28

      Note: These courses are acceptable for the Child Development requirements leading to the Child Development Permit.

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