Areas of Study

Areas of Study


Degree options

  • Associate in Applied Science
    An Associate in Applied Science Degree will be awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 90 credits in courses numbered 100 or above. All core and general education requirements must be met with any additional credits to be selected as electives.
  • Certificates of Achievement 
    A Family Advocate Certificate will be awarded upon completion of EDUC 225, ECE 102, ECE 235, and ECE 275/PSYC 275.
    A Lead Preschool Certificate will awarded upon completion of ECE 102, ECE 235, ECE 131, EDUC 225, ECE 180. 
    A School-Age Certificate will be awarded upon completion of ECE 102, ECE 132, ECE 235, EDUC 225, and ECE 180.

Christine Moon (360) 596-5378
Caprice Paduano (360) 596-5462

Program Information
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Do you like working with children and youth? Are you interested in making a positive contribution to education by being a part of an educational team? Then become a paraeducator!

Working as a paraeducator in a classroom assisting a teacher or working individually with children is one of the most rewarding professions. Attend South Puget Sound Community College’s Paraeducation program to prepare you for this fulfilling career.

Opportunities for paraeducators have increased and are predicted to continue growing. Paraeducators are employed by public schools. This program is designed for individuals interested in working in elementary classrooms. Those interested in working in a middle or high school setting will want to complete an AAS degree, see advisor for more information.

What You'll Do Here
South Puget Sound Community College Paraeducation Program is tailored to the needs of working students by offering nighttime courses. South Puget Sound Community College offers a comprehensive paraeducation program based on the Washington State Core Competencies and the Washington State Paraeducator Skill Standards. Classes will prepare you to work in Preschool through 5th grade classrooms assisting teachers deliver curriculum and working with children individually to meet their educational goals. We offer a diverse program including activity-based learning, small-group work, observation, and field-based practicum.

You’ll take a close look at a child’s educational needs and development through the disciplines of biology, physical education, language arts, psychology, special needs, nutrition and health. Electives include literature and art, dramatics, math and music for children.

You’ll also gain field experience in a daytime practicum in a public or private school setting.