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Educational paraprofessionals—teaching assistants or teacher aides—are needed to work in a variety of classroom settings at the preschool, elementary, and high school levels. Kaplan University’s associate’s degree in educational paraprofessional emphasizes teaching and learning theories, classroom and behavior management, instructional strategies in math, reading, and writing, and the diverse learning needs of English language learners and students receiving special education services.This program is designed to provide you with an overview of the role of the paraprofessional in the field of education. In addition, the program’s curriculum blends theory and practice, and aims to provide a general education foundation in ethics, critical thinking, and communication skills to support the responsibilities of paraprofessionals in the learning environment.
The Associate of Applied Science in Educational Professional could help you develop the skills to grow your career. Individuals interested in working in a classroom setting or who want to further their career in the field of education should consider this program.With an associate's degree in educational paraprofessional, you may pursue entry-level positions in a variety of classroom settings.†
You will have the opportunity to study how to:
If you earn your Associate of Applied Science in Educational Paraprofessional, you will be at least halfway toward earning a bachelor’s degree from Kaplan University’s College of Arts and Sciences. If you have already earned credits at another college or university, those credits may help you earn your degree faster. Refer to our University Catalog for details about our transfer of credit policy.‡
"It's Official, He's a Reader": Kaplan University Educational Paraprofessional graduate Dale Curry wrote an article that was featured on the National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals' website. Click here to read Dale's article.
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Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
Jul 03, 2013
Online and Campus Start Date
Jul 31, 2013
Online Start Date
Aug 21, 2013
Total Program Credits: 90
This course introduces students to the
principles of interpersonal communication and emphasizes how to
be a more effective communicator in professional and personal
situations. Emphasis is on interpersonal communication in varying
contexts, focusing on professional communication as well as
personal, social, and cultural dimensions. Topics include the
communication process, the influence of perception on
communication, verbal and nonverbal elements of interaction,
listening, the communication of emotions, conflict management,
and effective communication strategies.
Total Program Credits: 90
This course will provide students with an overview of the paraprofessional's role in effective classroom management. Topics include an introduction to classroom culture, the importance of communication and positive interpersonal relationships in the classroom, motivation and learning methods, and working with educational specialists to manage challenging student behavior. Emphasis is placed on managing individuals and small groups, and enhancing the learning environment.
This course will survey the physical, social,
emotional, and cognitive development of school-age students.
Topics include developmental milestones, such as school
readiness, independence, physical development, and language
development, and behavior such as peer pressure and bullying.
This course will focus on contemporary issues and help students
assess developmental levels, apply guidance techniques, and
develop strategies to provide appropriate instruction, guidance,
and support in a variety of settings.
This course is designed to prepare students in
the paraprofessional emphasis area to proficiently assist pupils
with basic math skills. Students will be provided with
opportunities to explore mathematical ideas using a
problem-solving approach and a variety of manipulative materials.
Emphasis is on problem solving, reasoning, and the ability to
communicate mathematical thinking orally and in writing in
accordance with current educational reform.
This course is designed to familiarize
students in the paraprofessional emphasis area with a
developmental approach to balanced literacy instruction. Emphasis
will be placed on key reading and writing elements including
phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, comprehension, spelling,
writing, listening, speaking, and vocabulary development.
Students will explore strategies that enable the paraprofessional
classroom assistant to support language arts
This course is designed to help future
paraprofessionals become effective advocates for students with
special needs by applying strategies to address learning
differences. Students will explore some of the more common
learning differences and disabilities currently encountered in
the mainstreamed and special education classrooms. Students will
also address issues of giftedness, learning strategies, and
behavior modification, as well as relevant federal
This course is designed to help future
educational paraprofessionals meet the unique needs of second
language learners. Students will explore their roles in
supporting English language instruction in the classroom. This
exploration will include identifying strategies to address the
social, emotional, and academic needs of culturally diverse
This capstone course is the culminating experience for the Associate of Applied Science in Educational Paraprofessional. This course builds on the coursework completed throughout the program of study. The capstone course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their coursework. A portfolio will cap the learning experience and will include artifacts that demonstrate mastery of the program outcomes.
Last term or permission of the Dean
This capstone course is the culminating experience for the Associate of Applied Science in Educational Paraprofessional for campus-based students. This course builds on the coursework completed throughout the program of study. The capstone course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their coursework. A portfolio will cap the learning experience and will include artifacts that demonstrate mastery of the program outcomes. Students will be required to complete a 120-hour externship experience in an early childhood classroom setting, where they not only participate in the operation of the classroom but are responsible for a portion of the curriculum. Students practice as able communicators and listeners with both the children in their care and the cooperating staff. (Onsite only)
Last term or with permission of the Dean
This course provides a broad introduction to
the field of psychology, one of the social sciences. Students
will be introduced to a range of topics that offer insight into
human thought and actions, including what motivate us to study
human behavior, ethical decisions, problem solving, and theories
on memory, learning, intelligence, and personality. This course
will highlight the use of critical thinking and the application
of the concepts. In addition, it will draw on practical
psychological concepts related to students' personal and
An understanding of the dynamics of human societies and group behavior is useful for any work environment or professional career. This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of the discipline of sociology. Students will explore society and social life through the study of language, culture, race and ethnicity, gender, inequality, education, deviance, and sociological theory and methods. Students are also encouraged, through course assignments and discussions, to examine the influences of society on their personal lives.
Any College Composition I
Designed to facilitate personal and professional success, this course introduces students to the purposes and processes of university education. An emphasis is placed on study, communication, and thinking skills that support academic achievement. Students also examine the relationship between learning and motivation. (Onsite only)
This course introduces students to the educational paraprofessional field and the Kaplan University Associate of Applied Science in Educational Paraprofessional degree program. Topics include roles and responsibilities and professional standards within the field, college success strategies, and strategies and skills needed in the profession. Students will research their professional and personal goals and preview the portfolio project that will be the capstone project in the degree program.
Total Program Credits: 90
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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Some states have additional curricular requirements. Check the University Catalog or speak with an Admissions Advisor.
The Associate of Applied Science in Education Paraprofessional is not represented as meeting specific state Board of Education criteria for assisting with children and teachers in a public school setting. Students are encouraged to check with their local school district on specific college education requirements needed in these fields.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
‡ Kaplan University does not guarantee the transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for our Transfer of Credit policy.