Special Education: Paraeducator Training

Special education: Paraeducator TrainingThe role of the special education paraprofessional is an essential part of the special education team that designs and delivers individualized programs to children with various abilities 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.

The 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.

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