Special Education Paraeducator @NCC

The Special Education Paraeducator associate degree is designed to prepare individuals to work with children with varying abilities in diverse educational classrooms, under the direct supervision of a certified teacher. The role of the special education paraprofessional is an essential part of the special education team that designs and delivers individualized programs for children with various abilities across all age levels and educational environments.   Students gain experience in public school and young children's classrooms in the very first special education course.

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Grounded in a philosophy that emphasizes family and disability perspectives, inclusive practices, and current educational approaches, like Universal Design for Learning (UDL), NCC's special education program provides a valuable program of study.  Students enrolled in the program participate in a variety of field experiences in schools that provide opportunities to observe and interact with children with disabilities in different educational environments. This program can be completed entirely online.

Special Education Paraeducator Career Paths

  • Paraeducator
  • Teacher Assistant
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Degrees We Offer

  • Associate in Applied Science | 2 years
  • Specialized Diploma | 2 semesters
  • This program can be taken 100% online
  • This entire program can be completed at our Bethlehem Campus

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"If you have the desire to become a teacher and impact future generations, start at NCC.  You will save money, earn a valuable degree and most importantly mature as a person." -Joseph Silimperi ’87, Learning Support Teacher, Nazareth Area Middle School and NCC education alum


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