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Catalog 2024-25

Education - Paraeducator Emphasis AAS

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Two-Year Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Education AAS degree is offered to those seeking employment in educational occupations.

This AAS degree also serves as a seamless pathway toward a four-year degree at Southern Oregon University.

Students are provided with a well-rounded and diverse education that consists of collegiate-level general education coursework and a core of technical courses in the fields of child development and education. All students gain practical experience by completing cooperative work experience and supervised practicum in local schools, child care centers, and agencies that serve children and families.

For more information about the program, please see our program page:

Credit for Prior Learning

This program may provide prior learning credit and extended learning opportunities for persons previously or currently employed in related professions.
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Special Accreditation Information

This program has special accreditation, certification, or approval from professional organizations. 
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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Create developmentally and culturally appropriate learning environments and curricula to foster optimum growth and development of learners.
  • Identify and teach to differences in race, gender, ability, age, language, family composition, culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion.
  • Explain the complex characteristics of families and communities as well as the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical aspects of growth and development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of observation techniques, assessment tools, documentation procedures as well as resources and applicable regulations/laws for all learners, specifically for those with disabilities and other special needs.
  • Apply developmentally and culturally appropriate teaching and guidance theories, principles, and practices.
  • Demonstrate participation in leadership, advocacy, personal growth, and professional development activities.
  • Meet the first- and second-year requirements for the Southern Oregon University Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.

Program Requirements

All education students must successfully pass a criminal background check. 

Number of credit hours necessary for completion: 93

Required Courses

Student Success


Oral Communications


For information about placement in a writing course, please refer to the: Writing Pathway .

Health and Wellness


Students must complete all three courses in this general education requirement. For information about placement in a math course, please refer to the: Math Curriculum Pathway .

Arts and Letters

Students must select two courses in this general education requirement. One course must be ENG 195 .

Social Sciences

Students transferring to Southern Oregon University’s Bachelor’s in Elementary Education program must select three courses in this general education requirement. Southern Oregon University requires two history courses (one 100-level HST and one 200-level HST) and Geography (either GEO 106   or GEO 107  ).

Science / Math / Computer Science

Students must select three science courses with a laboratory in this general education requirement. One must be a life science and one must be a physical science with the third science is an elective choice.

Recommended Courses


Students must complete electives as required to bring the total number of credits to 90. The following courses are recommended, but any 100- or 200-level courses may be chosen as an elective.

Arts and Letters Course Options

Social Sciences Course Options

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