2004-2005 UAF Catalog  

Educator: Para-Professional

College of Rural Alaska
Social Sciences Division
Bristol Bay Campus (907) 842-5109
Chukchi Campus (907) 442-3400
Interior-Aleutians Campus (907) 474-5439
Kuskokwim Campus (907) 543-4500
Northwest Campus (907) 443-2201
Tanana Valley Campus (907) 455-2800

Certificate; A.A.S. Degree

Minimum Requirements for Certificate: 30 credits; for A.A.S. Degree: 60 credits

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The educator: para-professional (EDPA) program is designed to prepare students to work in classrooms assisting the classroom teacher. The EDPA curriculum emphasizes school protocols, classroom methods, management and assessment. This program prepares students for employment as a para-professional educator and will improve the skills of those currently employed in various educational settings.

The certificate provides students with fundamental knowledge of how a school system ‘works’ as well as hands-on training in content, methodology, classroom management and student assessment. The curriculum leads into the educator: para-professional associate of applied science degree. Graduates of the A.A.S. degree program may pursue many opportunities with school districts and local education agencies. The program meets mandates established by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 for teacher aides as well as the competencies developed by the state of Alaska. Students entering either the certificate or the A.A.S. degree program must meet with a program advisor to discuss a program of studies and to develop an individual learning plan. Students may receive credit for prior learning for prior work-based experience after evaluation of their learning experiences.

Certificate Program

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the certificate requirements.
  3. Complete the following core requirements:

    CIOS 100—Intro to Personal Computers 1 credit

    ED 110—Becoming a Teacher in the 21st Century 1 credit

    PSY 101—Intro to Psychology 3 credits

    EDPA 190—Integrating Local Knowledge into the Curriculum 1 credit

    EDPA 199—Practicum 1 credit

    EDPA 210—Technology in the Classroom 1 credit

    ECE/PSY 245—Child Development 3 credits
  4. Complete the following program requirements:

    EDPA 110—Intro to Para-Professional Education 2 credits

    EDPA 120—Classroom Management 2 credits

    EDPA 130—Differentiating Instruction 2 credits

    EDPA 140—Developing Children as Writers 1 credit

    EDPA 150—Developing Children as Readers 1 credit

    EDPA 160—Primary Math Methods (1)
    —Upper Elementary Math Methods (1) 1 credit

    EDPA 250—Current Topics for Educators (1)
    or EDPA 299—Practicum II (1) 1 credit
  5. Minimum credits required 30

Major—A.A.S. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the A.A.S. degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following program requirements:*

    CIOS 100—Intro to Personal Computers 1 credit

    PSY 101—Intro to Psychology 3 credits

    ED 110—Becoming a Teacher in the 21st Century 1 credit

    EDPA 110—Intro to Para-Professional Education 2 credits

    EDPA 120—Classroom Management 2 credits

    EDPA 130—Differentiating Instruction 2 credits

    EDPA 140—Developing Children as Writers 1 credit

    EDPA 150—Developing Children as Readers 1 credit

    EDPA 160—Primary Math Methods (1)
    or EDPA 170—Upper Elementary Math Methods (1) 1 credit

    EDPA 190—Integrating Local Knowledge into the Curriculum 1 credit

    EDPA 199—Practicum I 1 credit

    EDPA 210—Technology in the Classroom 1 credit

    EDPA 250—Current Topics for Educators (1)
    or EDPA 299—Practicum II (1) 1 credit

    ECE/PSY 245—Child Development 3 credits
  4. Complete 12 credits from one of the following concentration areas or combine no more than 2 concentration areas with 6 credits of course work in each of the two concentration areas*:

    Alaska Native Languages
    ANL 199—Practicum in Native Language Education 3 credits

    ANL 251—Introduction to Athabascan Linguistics 3 credits

    ANL 255—Introduction to Alaska Native Languages: Eskimo-Aleut (3)
    or ANL 256—Introduction to Alaska Native Languages: Indian Languages (3) 3 credits

    ANL 287—Teaching Methods of Alaska Native Languages 3 credits

    ANL 288—Curriculum & Materials Development for ANL 3 credits

    ANL Elective 3 credits

    Elementary Education
    ED 102—Orientation to Alaska Native Education 2 credits

    ED 201—Introduction to Education 3 credits

    ED Elective 3 credits

    Special Education
    ED 201—Introduction to Education 2 credits

    ECE 230—Introduction to Children with Special Needs 3 credits

    ECE 240—Inclusion of Children with Special Needs 3 credits

    ECE Elective 3 credits

    Counseling/Social Work
    HSV 120—Cultural Diversity in Human Services 3 credits

    HSV 125—Introduction to the Addictive Process 3 credits

    HSV 205—Basic Principles of Group Counseling 3 credits

    HSV Elective 3 credits

    Early Childhood Education
    ECE 105—Developing Appropriate Practice 1 credit

    ECE 120—Curriculum and Activities for Young Children 4 credits
    or
    ECE 121—Physical Activities for Young Children 1 credit
    ECE 122—Cognitive Activities for Young Children 1 credit
    ECE 123—Communicative Activities 1 credit
    ECE 124—Creative Activities for Young Children 1 credit
    ECE 130—Culture, Learning and the Young Child 1 credit

    ECE 140—Positive Social Development 3 credits
    or
    ECE 141—Class Management 1 credit
    ECE 142—Social Development of the Young Child 1 credit
    ECE 143—Developing Positive Self-Concepts in Young Children 1 credit

    ECE 210—Child Development and Guidance 3 credits

    ECE 235—Screening, Assessment and Recording 2 credits

    ECE Elective 3 credits

    Information Technology Specialist
    CIOS 150—Computer Business Applications 1-3 credits

    CIOS 110—Microcomputer Operating Systems 1-3 credits

    CIOS 146—Using the Internet 1-3 credits

    CIOS 233—Desktop Publishing 1-3 credits

    CIOS 255—Microcomputer Graphics 1-3 credits

    CIOS Elective 1-3 credits

    Rural Development
    ANTH 230—The Oral Tradition: Folklore and Oral History 3 credits

    HIST 250—Alaska History for Local Historians 3 credits

    RD 255—Rural Alaska Land Issues 3 credits

    RD 256—Co-Management of Renewable Resources (3)
    or RD 265—Perspectives on Subsistence in Alaska (3)
    or RD 280—Resource Management Research Techniques (3)
    or WLF 201—Wildlife Management Principles (3) 3 credits

    Elective 3 credits
    or
    Any advisor approved discipline-based concentration area 12 credits
  5. Minimum credits required 60

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.

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