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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.

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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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