Education - Paraprofessional Instructional Assistant

Occupational Major

This major is primarily designed for job preparedness. Students who are considering transferring to a four-year college should be aware that decisions on transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of Social & Behavioral Science
Founders 210A • Phone (215) 968-8270
Curriculum Code No. 2034

Leading to the Associate of Arts degree and a certificate of competency, this major prepares students to work effectively as instructional assistants in public and private schools in Pennsylvania.

Graduates prepare to assist teachers in instructional activities including implementing lessons under the supervision of the teacher, providing adaptations and accommodations for students with learning differences lessons as directed by the teacher, monitoring of student progress, and checking assignments and homework.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • implement a lesson under the supervision of the teacher.
  • describe modifications and accommodations to instruction for students with learning differences to accomplish instructional objectives;
  • demonstrate professional behavior when working with students, co-workers, and families; and
  • apply strategies as directed to facilitate effective integration of students with learning differences into various settings.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Credits
COMM110
Effective Speaking E,3
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,E,1
3
COMP111
English Composition II E,2
3
EDUC100
Foundations of Education
3
EDUC115
Observing and Recording the Behavior of
Young Children F,G
3
EDUC150
Science and Math Experiences for Young Children F,G
3
EDUC160
Introduction to Exceptionalities F,G
3
EDUC170
Language Development F,G
3
EDUC175
Families, Schools and Communities
3
EDUC220
Practicum in Education E,F,G
6
LITR246
Children's Literature
3
MATH102
Mathematical Concepts II A,E,5
3
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology 6
3
PSYC180
Human Growth and Development E
3
PSYC190
Educational Psychology E
3
Cultural Perspectives B 3
Personal Health Elective 4 3
Elective D 3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge C,E,7
3
Total Credit Hours 60

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
COMM110
Effective Speaking E,3
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,E,1
3
EDUC100
Foundations of Education
3
Personal Health Elective 4 3
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology 6
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
COMP111
English Composition II E,2
3
EDUC115
Observing and Recording the Behavior of Young Children F,G
3
MATH102
Mathematical Concepts II A,E,5
3
PSYC180
Human Growth and Development E
3
EDUC150
Science and Math Experiences for Young Children F,G
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
EDUC160
Introduction to Exceptionalities F,G
3
EDUC170
Language Development F,G
3
LITR246
Children's Literature
3
PSYC190
Educational Psychology E
3
Cultural Perspectives B 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
EDUC175
Families, Schools and Communities
3
EDUC220
Practicum in Education E,F,G
6
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge C,E,7
3
Electives D 3
Total Credit Hours 15

A Placement testing required.
B Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen.
C Any INTG course may be chosen.
D Pre-college level courses do not meet this requirement.
E Course requires prerequisite.
F Course requires field experience
G Course requires PA clearances

1 Satisfies College Writing Level I.
2 Satisfies College Writing Level II.
3 Satisfies Creative Expression.
4 Satisfies Personal Health.
5 Satisfies College level Mathematics or Science.
6 Satisfies Social Perspectives.
7 Satisfies Writing Intensive requirement.

Students who do not seek the Associate of Arts Degree may earn the legend, "Major Requirements Satisfied", on their transcripts by successfully completing all the courses listed in the major except LITR246, PSYC110, three credits in art or music, three credits in integration of knowledge and six credits of electives. Credits exceeding the required minimum cannot be used to satisfy credits in other course requirements.