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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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