The successful completion of this certificate will prepare the student for an entry-level position requiring practical skills and knowledge to work with persons with disabilities in a variety of educational settings. This certificate program also supports the requirements of federal legislation that all paraprofessionals/instructional assistants/aides in Title I schools be “highly qualified”. In addition, the courses introduce the student to career opportunities in special education or other disability related fields and/or provide major preparation for transfer to four-year institutions to continue a course of study in special education.
Counseling 118, Self Exploration and the Teaching Profession 2 units
Human Development 107, Child Growth and Development 3 units
Psychology 157, Introduction to Child Psychology
Human Development 205, Exceptionality and Special Needs in Human Development 3 units
Human Development 208, Working with Families of Children with Special Needs 3 units
Education 209, Roles and Responsibilities of the Special Education Paraprofessional 3 units
Education 211, Classroom Practices for Diverse Learners 3 units
Students planning to transfer to CSU Fullerton’s Human Services major – Person’s with Disabilities Track will receive up to 17 units of credit toward the major if they have satisfactorily completed the requirements for this certificate.