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 are prepared to assist teachers and to secure teaching materials and equipment, check workbooks and homework, prepare profiles of student progress and record teacher-assigned grades, monitor testing situations, supervise student activities in the cafeteria and on the playground, assist students in the use of teaching machines and computers, and perform instructional services when delegated.

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 A,D,4,5
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,D,10
3
COMP111
English Composition II D,4,10
3
EDUC100
Foundations of Education A,E,F
3
EDUC115
Observing and Recording the Behavior of
Young Children E,F
3
EDUC150
Science and Math Experiences for Young Children E,F
3
EDUC160
Introduction to Exceptionalities E,F,9
3
EDUC170
Language Development E,F
3
EDUC175
Families, Schools and Communities
3
EDUC220
Practicum in Education D,E,F
6
LITR246
Children's Literature 1
3
MATH102
Mathematical Concepts II A,6
3
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology A,2,3,8
3
PSYC180
Human Growth and Development D
3
PSYC190
Educational Psychology D,E,2,3
3
Science Elective C,7 3-4
Personal Health Elective B 3
Electives G 6
Total Credit Hours 60-61

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 A,D,4,5
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,D,10
3
EDUC100
Foundations of Education A,E,F
3
Personal Health Elective B 3
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology A,2,3,8
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
COMP111
English Composition II D,4,10
3
EDUC115
Observing and Recording the Behavior of Young Children E,F
3
MATH102
Mathematical Concepts II A,6
3
PSYC180
Human Growth and Development D
3
EDUC150
Science and Math Experiences for Young Children E,F
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
EDUC160
Introduction to Exceptionalities E,F,9
3
EDUC170
Language Development E,F
3
PSYC190
Educational Psychology C,7
3
Science Elective C,7 3
Elective G 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
EDUC175
Families, Schools and Communities
3
EDUC220
Practicum in Education D,E,F
6
LITR246
Children's Literature 1
3
Elective G 3
Total Credit Hours 15

A Placement testing required.
B Any of the following may be chosen: HLTH103, HLTH110, HLTH120.
C Any of the following may be chosen: BIOL101, SCIE101, SCIE102, SCIE103.
D Course requires prerequisite.
E Field experience component.
F PA clearances required
G precollege level courses do not satisfy

1 Satisfies Art/Humanities
2 Satisfies Critical Thinking
3 Satisfies Diversity
4 Satisfies Information Literacy
5 Satisfies Oral Communications
6 Satisfies Quantitative Literacy
7 Satisfies Scientific Literacy
8 Satisfies Social Sciences
9 Satisfies Technological Competence
10 Satisfies Writing