2024-2025 Pierce College Catalog 
    Jul 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Pierce College Catalog

State Initial Paraeducation Certificate Course Map

Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field. It provides you a clear path to complete your certificate by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets certificate requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time.

While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete the State Initial Paraeducation Certificate, you are responsible for fulfilling all certificate requirements.

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Specialized Program Requirements

To be eligible for practicum courses in the program students must have a cleared Washington State Patrol background check and follow the school district’s volunteer requirements. 

1. Paraeducator Basics

  • Course purpose: Paraeducators need basic skills in techniques supporting instruction, professional and ethical practices, positive and safe learning environments, effective communication and teamwork to effectively support teachers and students in the classroom.  

2. Child Development

3. Guiding Behavior

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details.

4. Introduction to Education

5. Field Experience I

Total Credits: 19-21

ctcLink Plan Code: TEAPIC20