• "This is the saddest day in the 50 year history of UCC. Our hearts go out to every student, every employee, and every family touched by this tragedy.

    "I want to thank all of our friends and neighbors who have dropped everything to help us. Over the next weeks, we will come together to accept offers of help and care so that we can assist one another."

    -Dr. Rita Cavin
    UCC Interim President

  • Need to talk? Community partners have come together to provide support and sharing with UCC students, faculty and staff.

    Mental health professionals are offering no-cost grief sharing: 9am-8pm through Sunday at the Ford Foundation, 1600 NW Stewart Pkwy; and the Community Health Alliance, 201 Medical Loop.

    Beginning Monday, Oct 5, grief sharing will be available on campus, 7:30am - 5pm in the cafeteria.

    The Community Health Alliance is staffing a 24-hour hotline at 541-440-3532 or 800-866-9780.

  • Want to help?

    The Greater Douglas United Way is accepting donations via text and online: http://www.gduway.org/UCCgive

    The Umpqua Community College Foundation is accepting donations online and by mail: https://www.umpqua.edu/scholarships-donations

    We strongly recommend that donors cast a careful eye when considering other funds, as some are not based at charitable organizations and might apply high administrative fees. Also, unfortunately, at times like these, there are unscrupulous people who will set up false accounts.

  • Stay up-to-date on the latest developments.

    A tribute to the victims: http://tinyurl.com/pe74yz4

    Campus is OPEN to students and staff ONLY the week of Monday, Oct. 5.

    All classes and campus events are cancelled until Oct. 12.

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Campus is OPEN to students and staff ONLY the week of Oct. 5. All classes and campus events are cancelled until Oct. 12.

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Para-educator: One-year Certificate

This certificate program was created for training, qualifying, and credentialing statewide Oregon Para-educators (classroom aides). The program satisfies the local option for an assessment that measures competency as a Teacher Assistant/Aide. Classes may be taken by anyone interested in exploring the field of education.

This curriculum is an Oregon Department of Education statewide approved program that meets the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Federal Legislation for “Highly Qualified Status”. The core curriculum offers instruction in basic teaching strategies for language arts, math, and science. It also develops skills in working with diverse, special needs populations, using technology, and applying classroom management strategies. Practicum and Cooperative Work Experience in schools are required. In addition, general education courses in human relations, communication, and computation are incorporated. The curriculum is available through distance education courses as well as face-to-face courses.


Students who complete this one-year certificate program will be prepared to enter the K-12 school system successfully as para-educators (instructional assistants) and will demonstrate the following outcomes through successful completion of required courses;

  • Demonstrate appropriate strategies and techniques to provide instructional support to students of diverse populations, including but not limited to students with special needs, students from poverty, and ELL students;
  • Demonstrate attitudes and behaviors that are appropriate to meeting the needs of diverse populations;
  • Apply best practices in classroom management to optimize the potential for student learning;
  • Practice ethical and legal standards of conduct;
  • Apply technology effectively to support teaching learning;
  • Demonstrate competence in core skill area; written and oral communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, reading, and mathematics.

Catalog Info

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Program Requirements

A criminal history check is required before a student can begin Introduction to Education and participate in the practicum and Cooperative Work Experience or any courses requiring classroom observations.

Program Prerequisites

Students must meet, at a minimum, the competence equivalence of the following core courses:

Course # Course name Credits
CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Information Systems 4
MTH 60 Introduction to Algebra 4
WR 115 Introduction to Expository Writing 3
RD 90 College Text Writing 3

If competence is met through testing, credit in core courses must be met through higher level courses.

Other Certificates & Degrees at UCC

Why UCC?

Why UCCAt UCC, you can earn a variety of certificates and degrees that can enhance your current career or place you in the workforce sooner. Plus, UCC offers:

• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• Online classes


Prospective students should visit Advising and Career Services to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.

Gwen Soderberg-Chase - Contact
Education Program Coordinator
Education Instructor
Phone: 541-784-8622

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