Program Description

This curriculum is designed to train and place individuals within one year into a special education paraprofessional position in the public or private sector. Individuals will be provided guidance as to what type of setting would most closely match their needs and aptitudes. Settings vary significantly in the age of student served (infants, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary age, secondary age, and adults) and types of disabilities served (acquired brain injury, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, deaf, blind, visually- impaired, severely emotionally disturbed, mobility-impaired, communication disorders, etc.). The sites also differ in their requirements for employment. Employment sites may require a high school diploma, passing of a basic skills and special education concepts test, passing of an oral interview, bilingualism, fluency in sign language, ability to lift 50 pounds, CPR and First-aid training, passing of a TB and fingerprinting test, a driver’s license, a specific amount of experience working with individuals with disabilities, and clerical skills. Students would select electives, as needed, to prepare themselves for job requirements.

An Occupational Skills Certificate is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

1. Demonstrate through original written and/or oral presentations the ability to identify the theories and practices of the social, emotional, cognitive and physical developmental areas of young children with Special Needs.
2. Demonstrate an awareness of and evaluate the importance of planning an educational program for young children with Special Needs.
3. Compare and contrast the skills necessary in working with and supporting the diverse family and program structures.


Requirements for the Occupational Skills Certificate

Required Units: 15

Required Courses

Semester I

  • CHDV 030 - Introduction to Children with Special Needs (3)
  • CHDV 010 - Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children (3)

Semester II

  • CHDV 0122F - Field Practice in Early Intervention/Special Education (1)
  • CHDV 122 - Practicum in Early Intervention/Special Education (2)
  • CHDV 105 - Children with Challenging Behaviors (3)
  • CHDV 035 - Introduction to Curriculum and Strategies for Children with Special Needs (3)

Recommended electives

  • CHDV 016* - Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
  • CHDV 017 - Teaching Children in a Diverse Society (3)
  • CHDV 113 - Early Intervention: Home Visiting (3)
  • CHDV 114 - Early Intervention (3)
  • CHDV 118 - Language and Literacy in Early Childhood (3)
  • EDUC 100 - Tutoring Techniques (1)
  • EDUC 132 - Curriculum for School-Age Children (3)
  • ENGL 110 - Skills for College Success (2)
  • PSYC 022 - Developmental Psychology: The Adult (3)
  • PSYC 024 - Lifespan Developmental Psychology (3)

*This class meets the CPR and First-Aid requirements.

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