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2023-2024 Catalog

Paraprofessional Education, A.A.A.S.


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Academic Program Code: 420

This program is designed to prepare students to work as paraprofessionals in preK-8 classrooms and preK-12 Special Needs classrooms. It is designed to satisfy federal requirements for Title I programs. Courses are designed to build knowledge and skills related to human growth and development, the field of teaching, characteristics of learners, special education, instructional content and practice, the teaching and learning environment, behavior management, communication, diversity of families, health, safety and emergency procedures, and professionalism and ethical standards. Some of the courses in the program will also transfer into elementary teacher certification programs at four-year universities. Students should work closely with their advisor throughout the program to ensure transferability if they are interested in pursuing this option. 

This program does include the courses required to meet the formal training hours required for the Preschool Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.  Students interested in this should contact the education department for more information. 

Contact: Education Department (616) 234-3380

General Education Courses


Select a minimum of 15 credit hours of course work from the General Education Course list.  Coursework must be selected as directed from the areas below.

English Composition and Communications


Humanities


Select one (1) Humanitites General Education Elective.

Social Sciences


Select one (1) Social Sciences General Education Elective.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics


General Education Total Credit Hours


15 (minimum)

Program Tracks


Students should select the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) OR General Option Track.

MTA - Program Track


Select one (1) Humanities General Education Elective from a subject area other than EN.  Select one (1) Social Sciences General Education Elective from a different discipline than the course taken to meet the General Education requirement.  Select a Natural Sciences General Education course from a discipline other than the course taken to meet the General Education requirement (one must be a Lab science).

Total Credit Hours


60

Program Notes


Note: Students enrolled in Child Development Lab classes (EDU 118 EDU 209 EDU 229 , and EDU 230 ) automatically undergo a Criminal Background Check and a Public Sex Offender Registry Check. Being convicted of ANY FELONY, or being listed on the Public Sex Offender Registry will result in refusal of lab placement and removal from the course.

EDU 205   Note: Students enrolled in EDU 205 are required to participate in tutoring through Grand Rapids Public Schools automatically undergo a Criminal Background Check and a Public Sex Offender Registry Check. Being convicted of ANY FELONY, or being listed on the Public Sex Offender Registry will result in refusal of tutoring placement and removal from the course. 

Complete policy information is provided on the GRCC Website.

In What Order Should I Take Classes?


Please select courses from the Priority I list.  Select courses based on the number of credits you are taking in the semester, for example, if you are a part time student you do not have to take all of the courses listed.  If you are unable to schedule Priority I courses, move to and select from the list of Priority II, Priority III, and Priority IV courses.

Priority I Priority II

EN 101 - English Composition I  

General Education - Natural Science/Mathematics Course

General Education Course

EDU 118 - Human Growth and Development I  

EDU 200 - Introduction to Education  

EN 102 - English Composition II  

OR

COM 131 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking  

OR

COM 135 - Interpersonal Communication  

General Education Course

EDU 205 - Foundations of Early Literacy Instruction  

EDU 209 - Creative and Language Arts for Preschoolers  

EDU 215 - Adult-Child Interaction   

Priority III Priority IV

EDU 229 - Math, Science, and Technology for Preschoolers  

Program Track Course

Program Track Course

Program Track Course

EDU 230 - Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education and Inclusion  

EDU 280 - Internship in Child Development  

EDU 285 - Assessment Tools in Child Development  

Program Track Course

NOTE: This priority schedule assumes the student is prepared to take the courses listed. If prerequisites are required, additional semesters may be required to complete this degree.

Meet with an Academic Program Advisor and consult my Academic Progress for specific degree requirements.

Essential Abilities/Technical Standards


The Grand Rapids Community College Child Development & Education faculty has specified essential abilities and technical standards critical to the success of students in GRCC’s Child Development & Education program. Students must demonstrate these essential abilities to succeed in their program of study. Qualified applicants are expected to meet all admission criteria and matriculating students are expected to meet all progression criteria, as well as these essential abilities and technical standards with or without reasonable accommodations.

1.      Essential judgment skills to include:  Ability to identify, assess, and comprehend child care, child safety, and classroom teaching situations for the purpose of problem solving with regard to child care, child safety and teaching in a classroom and coming to appropriate conclusions and/or course of actions. These skills include:  maintaining confidentiality, problem solving, reasoning and completing Child Abuse and Neglect Mandated Reporter Training.

2.      Essential physical/neurological functions to include:  Ability to use the senses of seeing, hearing, touch, and smell to make correct judgments regarding the health, safety, and learning by young children and their families and meet physical expectations to perform required interventions for the purpose of demonstrating competence to safely engage in the practice of early childhood care and education.

Behaviors that demonstrate essential neurological and physical functions include, but are not limited to:  observation, listening, understanding relationships, writing, and psychomotor abilities consistent with course and program expectations.

Other physical demands include: consistent attendance, bending at the waist, crouching, kneeling, cleaning, balancing, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, reaching, twisting, sitting, standing, talking, hearing, handling, fingering, mobility and seeing.

3.      Essential communication skills to include:  Ability to communicate effectively with fellow students, faculty, parents, children, and all members of the early childhood care and education field. Skills include verbal, written, and nonverbal abilities as well as information technology skills consistent with effective communication.

4.      Essential emotional coping skills:  Ability to demonstrate the mental health necessary to safely engage in the practice of early childhood care and education as determined by NAEYC standards of practice. Ability to handle multiple concurrent tasks with constant interruptions.

5.      Essential intellectual/conceptual skills to include:  Ability to measure, calculate, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate to engage competently in the safe practice of early childhood care and education.

6.      Other essential behavioral attributes:  Ability to engage in activities consistent with safe early childhood care and education practice without demonstrated behaviors of addiction to, abuse of, or dependence on alcohol or other drugs that may impair behavior or judgment.

Ability to demonstrate responsibility and accountability for actions as a student in the Child Development and Education programs and as a developing professional in the early childhood care and education field consistent with accepted standards of practice.

Grand Rapids Community College strives to be more than ADA compliant. We strive to be accessible and welcoming to all students of all abilities. After reviewing the Essential Abilities/Technical Standards for this program; your responsibilities as a student entail determining if you can complete all associated coursework either:

A.     With Accommodation. I am otherwise qualified to meet the same academic standards as any other student entering the program. However, based on a medically documented condition or diagnosis, I would qualify for reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990). I will meet with Disability Support Services on campus to arrange those accommodations in an interactive process with the department of Child Development and Education.

B.     Without Accommodation. I am able to complete the program without need for reasonable accommodation or modification. In the event my medical documentation reveals otherwise or a condition manifests that would necessitate an accommodation; it is my responsibility to inform a responsible authority figure within the department of Child Development and Education and work with Disability Support Services to see if a reasonable accommodation or modification can be made.

If you have a medically documented condition or diagnosis, please contact the Child Development and Education office, or contact Disability Support Services (DSS) at disability@grcc.edu or by phone at 616.234.4140 to arrange accommodations through our interactive process.

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