Program Overview

The Paraeducation – K-12 Associate in Applied Science degree from Dakota College at Bottineau is designed for those who are interested in careers as teacher aides in elementary and secondary schools.

Students may take the ACT, Accuplacer, Compass, or another placement exam in order to waive College Writing Preparation (ASC 087) and Beginning Algebra (ASC 092). The courses may also be waived if students have completed and passed an equivalent course or one that is a higher level.

Courses for this program include Introduction to Computers, Concepts of Wellness & Fitness, Children’s Literature, Introduction to Education, Classroom Management, and First Aid/CPR, among many others. A student’s credit hour number must total to at least 61 in order to graduate. Each online credit costs $193.

Other careers those with this degree could consider Head Start/pre-school aide, examination proctor, tutor, paper grader, title I aide, special education paraprofessional, K-12 teacher aide, or educational assistant. Tasks graduates will competently be able to perform include helping with clerical tasks, assisting with classroom instruction and management, tutor individuals and small groups, involving parents in activities, and providing assistance in a library media center or computer lab

After successfully completing this program, students are considered “high qualified” paraprofessionals under the ND Department of Public Instruction requirements. Graduates will be qualified to apply for the ND Paraprofessional Certificate of Completion credential.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    When the state constitution of North Dakota was ratified in 1889 it included a provision for a forestry school to help promote the growth of trees on the prairies. Seven years later the Dakota College at Bottineau opened up as a School of Forestry, using the land around it as a foundation for study in forestry, horticulture, sustainable vegetable production and wildlife.

    While the school is best known for its environmental studies, the two-year public college offers a wide variety of courses outside of forestry. There are Associate of Applied Science programs that provide two-year career and technical degrees in other subjects such as information technology and advertising and marketing, as well Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) transfer programs that lay out the base coursework for a bachelor's degree.


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