2007-2008 UAF Catalog


Educator: Para-Professional

College of Rural and Community Development
Interior-Aleutians Campus (907) 474-5439
www.uaf.edu/iac/

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 through 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 credits
    ED 110--Becoming a Teacher in the 21st Century--1 credits
    PSY 101--Intro to Psychology--3 credits
    EDPA 190--Integrating Local Knowledge into the Curriculum--1 credits
    EDPA 199--Practicum--1 credits
    EDPA 210--Technology in the Classroom--1 credits
    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 credits
    EDPA 150--Developing Children as Readers--1 credits
    EDPA 160--Primary Math Methods (1)
          or EDPA 170--Upper Elementary Math Methods (1)--1 credits
    EDPA 250--Current Topics for Educators (1)
          or EDPA 299--Practicum II (1)--1 credits
  5. Minimum credits required--30 credits

MajorMajor--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 credits
    PSY 101--Intro to Psychology--3 credits
    ED 110--Becoming a Teacher in the 21st Century--1 credits
    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 credits
    EDPA 150--Developing Children as Readers--1 credits
    EDPA 160--Primary Math Methods (1)
          or EDPA 170--Upper Elementary Math Methods (1)--1 credits
    EDPA 190--Integrating Local Knowledge into the Curriculum--1 credits
    EDPA 199--Practicum I--1 credits
    EDPA 210--Technology in the Classroom--1 credits
    EDPA 250--Current Topics for Educators (1)
          or EDPA 299--Practicum II (1)--1 credits
    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

    HUMS 120--Cultural Diversity in Human Services--3 credits
    HUMS 125--Introduction to the Addictive Process--3 credits
    HUMS 205--Basic Principles of Group Counseling--3 credits
    HUMS Elective--3 credits

    Early Childhood Education

    ECE 105--Developing Appropriate Practice--1 credits
    ECE 120--Curriculum and Activities for Young Children--4 credits
    or
    ECE 121--Physical Activities for Young Children--1 credits
    ECE 122--Cognitive Activities for Young Children--1 credits
    ECE 123--Communicative Activities--1 credits
    ECE 124--Creative Activities for Young Children--1 credits
    ECE 130--Culture, Learning and the Young Child--1 credits
    ECE 140--Positive Social Development--3 credits
    or
    ECE 141--Class Management--1 credits
    ECE 142--Social Development of the Young Child--1 credits
    ECE 143--Developing Positive Self-Concepts in Young Children--1 credits
    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 Internet Tools ad Technologies  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 credits

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


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