The Special Needs Para Educator certificate program provides an educational foundation for understanding neuro-typical and neuro-atypical human development. The program emphasizes a strength-based best practices model in preparing students to work with children and adults with special needs.
Students who satisfactorily complete the program requirements qualify for a certificate of program completion.
Prior to the start of field placement hours, interviews at sites where children are present, observations, service learning experiences or practicums, students must:
- have a clear criminal background check
- obtain Michigan Central Registry Clearance from the Michigan Department of Human Services
- obtain a current TB test
Students who are not cleared through a criminal background check and by the Michigan Department of Human Services will not be permitted in the ECE/SPE programs. Some field placement/practicum sites may have additional requirements prior to starting an experience/practicum.
Students are expected to follow the ECE/SPE program policies, abide by the National Association for the Education of Young Children Code of Ethical Conduct, follow field placement policies and conduct themselves appropriately in the presence of children, families, and professionals during field placements/practicums. In order to receive a Special Education Para Educator Certificate from Schoolcraft College, students need to obtain a grade of 2.0 or higher in SPE 155.
Not all courses are offered each semester. Students should work with an academic advisor to develop a plan of study that works for them. Students planning to transfer are advised to check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides and discuss their options with an academic advisor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection.
Schoolcraft program code # 1YC.00032
Download the Curriculum Guide (PDF)
First Year - Fall Semester
Total Credits: 15
First Year - Winter Semester
Total Credits: 15
Program Total: 30 Credits
* Students in the Early Childhood and Special Education programs must adhere to the code of ethics of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Council for Exceptional Children along with the Early Childhood and Special Education Department policies. In order to receive a Special Education Para Educator Certificate from Schoolcraft College, students need to obtain a grade of 2.0 or higher in SPE 155.