For many years, paraeducators have supported teachers to provide valuable services to children with disabilities. Historically, the services were primarily non-instructional, such as clerical tasks and assistance with daily living skills. Today, the paraprofessional is an essential part of the special education team who helps deliver individualized programs to children with various disabilities across all age levels and educational environments. Responsible for both instructional and non-instructional duties, the special education paraprofessional works under the direction of a certified teacher and must be qualified according to applicable state and federal standards and requirements.
NCC's Special Education Paraprofessional curriculum is designed for students who have an interest in assisting certified teachers in the education of children with disabilities, both in special education and inclusive classroom environments. The curriculum covers a variety of areas, including an overview of special education and various disabilities; the role and responsibilities of the special education paraprofessional; inclusive practices; and instructional strategies and supports. Students enrolled in the program participate in a variety of field experiences that provide opportunities to observe and interact with children with disabilities in different educational environments.
Students interested in the special education paraprofessional training program can choose from the AAS degree or diploma options. All courses are available at the Main Campus and online, and some course work is available at the Monroe Campus. The curriculum for the AAS degree includes an internship course.