CURRICULUM GUIDE

Teacher Paraprofessional
Associate in Applied Science Degree

Curriculum Code: 1039  (Effective Fall 2003 - Summer 2008)

Teacher Paraprofessionals work under the direction of a classroom teacher in
settings ranging from early childhood through elementary, middle school and high
school.  This program meets federal requirements for teacher parapros.  Students
may select from three specialties:  Early Childhood, Elementary or Special

Some of the duties of the teacher parapro include working with small groups of
children on their reading, math and writing development, collecting and recording
data on student performance, using technology for instructional purposes, and
carrying out the instructional objectives of the classroom teacher.  In addition,
the teacher parapro must be able to communicate effectively with parents,
students and teachers, implement behavior management techniques, and recognize
a range of special needs.

The Early Childhood specialty focuses on children 0-5 years while the Elementary
specialty focuses on ages 6-12 years, and the Special Education specialty
includes working with those with disabilities 3 years through young adult.  This
program can also be a first step toward teacher certification.  Not all courses
in this program transfer to all colleges.  Students planning to transfer should
see an academic advisor or counselor before enrolling in any course.

Students should see Course Descriptions or Course Offerings for course
prerequisite information.  See the Assessment and Placement Testing section for
skills assessment and advising information.

Contact the Liberal Studies Office of Instruction, Arts and Sciences Building,
Room 111, telephone number (517) 483-1015.

REQUIREMENTS                                                TOTAL:  17 CREDITS
CODE        TITLE                                                 CREDIT HOURS
CHDV 186    Child Self-Esteem/Positive Discipline                            1
EDUC 204    Educational Psychology                                           3
EDUC 220    Introduction to Education                                        3
EDUC 226    Reading in Elementary School                                     3
EDUC 230    Introduction to Special Education                                3
ENGL 208    Children's Literature                                            4

LIMITED CHOICE REQUIREMENTS (See Note 1)                    TOTAL:  43 CREDITS
Complete the indicated number of credits from each CHOICE listed below.

CHOICE 1:   General Education Core Areas                         12-15 Credits
(See General Education Core Requirements for information on how to fulfill these
requirements.  Core area proficiency exams, where appropriate, are available for
each core area.)
            Communication Core Area                                          3
            Global Perspectives and Diversity Core Area                    3-4
            Mathematics Core Area (See Note 2)                             3-4
            Science Core Area (See Note 3)                                   0
            Writing Core Area                                              3-4

CHOICE 2:   Specialization (Choose one subchoice)                16-18 Credits
Subchoice 2A: Early Childhood
CHDV 101    Child Growth/Development: 0-5 years                              4
CHDV 111    Child Guidance/Communication                                     4
CHDV 220    Preschool Curriculum/Learning Environment (See Note 4)           4
ISCI 121    Integrated Science for Education I                               4

Subchoice 2B: Elementary Education
ARTS 240    Art for Elementary Teachers                                      3
EDUC 201    Teacher Education Practicum                                      2
GEOG 200    World Regional Geography                                         4
ISCI 121    Integrated Science for Education I                               4
MUSC 200    Music Fund for Elementary Teachers                               3

Subchoice 2C: Special Education
BIOL 145    Introductory Anat & Physiology                                   4
CHDV 188    Caring/Children/Special Needs                                    2
EDUC 201    Teacher Education Practicum                                      2
PFKN 260    Growth and Motor Behavior                                        3
PSYC 200    Introduction to Psychology                                       4
SIGN 160    Orientation to Deafness                                          3

CHOICE 3:   Elective Courses                                     15-18 Credits
Select from other subchoices and the following list. (See Note 5)

BIOL 229    Nature Study for Educators                                       4
CHDV 123    Curriculum: Early Literacy                                       1
CHDV 124    Curriculum: Early Math Development                               1
CHDV 181    Adult Communication/Child Care                                   1
CHDV 184    Children and Stress                                              1
CPSC 120    Introduction to Computers                                        3
EMSA 100    First Aid and CPR                                                2
ENGL 122    Writing: Literature and Ideas                                    4
HIST 211    U.S. History to 1877                                             4
HIST 212    U.S. History 1877 to Present                                     4
HUMS 215    American Civilization                                            4
HUMS 225    Great Lakes Native American: Hist & Trad                         4
HUSE 110    Intro/Child Abuse and Neglect                                    3
ISCI 122    Integrated Science for Education II                              4
MATH 201    Math for Elementary Teachers I                                   4
MATH 202    Math for Elementary Teachers II                                  4
PFHW 163    Healthy Lifestyles                                               2
POLS 120    American Political System                                        4
PSYC 205    Human Growth and Development                                     3
PSYC 221    Child Psychology                                                 3
SIGN 161    American Sign Language I                                         3
SOCL 120    Introduction to Sociology                                        4
SPAN 121    Elementary Spanish I                                             4
WRIT 122    Composition II                                                   4

            MINIMUM TOTAL                                                   60

1.    Students intending to transfer to a four-year institution should
      select courses that satisfy the MACRO Transfer Agreement (See
      Transfer Information).  Students should also consult Transfer Guides
      for specific four-year institutions (available from advisors).
2.    MATH 201 is recommended.  An alternative recommendation for non-transfer
      students is MATH 118 or MATH 119.
3.    Students completing Specialization requirements in CHOICE 2 have fulfilled
      the requirements for this Core area.
4.    Students wishing to work with children under three years of age may
      substitute CHDV 221; students wishing to work in before and after school
      programs may substitute CHDV 112 and CHDV 222.
5.    A maximum of six elective credits may be selected, if needed, from MATH
      107, READ 116, SDEV 124, SDEV 135 or WRIT 117.

Students should see course descriptions to find out when departments plan to
offer courses.  Students who for any reason are unable to follow the course
sequence suggested below (for example, those who are part-time, have transferred
in courses from another school, or have prerequisites to fulfill) should contact
an academic advisor or counselor for help with adjustments.

I                 II                III               IV
EDUC 204          CHDV 186          ENGL 208          Lim.Ch.
EDUC 220          EDUC 226          Lim.Ch.           Lim.Ch.
Lim.Ch.           EDUC 230          Lim.Ch.           Lim.Ch.
Lim.Ch.           Lim.Ch.           Lim.Ch.           Lim.Ch.
Lim.Ch.           Lim.Ch.