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Good news (and bad news) is
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Continuation of Curriculum Pathways (current sampling)
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            Master’s degree programs
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There are many instructional delivery options
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Financial Aid
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Opportunities for Advancement in Special Education

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Career Pathways for Paraprofessionals by Joy Kutaka-Kennedy, Gertrude Gregorio & Nhung Tran.

From the 2009 National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals Conference.

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Opportunities for Advancement in Special Education

  1. 1. National University School of Education Department of Special Education
  2. 2. Who help children • learn • grow • succeed and THRIVE • Who are valuable assets • to the teacher, the classroom, the school, the district, and the local community Who are rooted in the • local community NRC Para Conf 0509 2
  3. 3. Student support in one- • on-one shadowing, tutoring, coac hing, mentoring, feeding, holding, containing, etc. in Special ed classrooms • General ed inclusion • Teacher support in • instructional delivery, classroom management, community liaison School support during • playground, recess, lunch NRC Para Conf 0509 3
  4. 4. in supporting • , teaching, encouraging, and caring for students, BUT • do so under a teacher’s • supervision, instruction and guidance LEGALLY. • You’re like teachers • without credentials… NRC Para Conf 0509 4
  5. 5. NCLB requires a teaching license and a Bachelor’s • degree Otherwise it depends on your state! • In California, you need • A Bachelor’s degree in subject matter • • English, Math, Science, Social Sciences are most desired • Interdisciplinary studies, languages, etc are acceptable • Some new degree programs combine with a credential A teaching credential • A teaching position (internships available) • NRC Para Conf 0509 5
  6. 6. Good news (and bad news) is • That we have severe and persistent shortage of • special education teachers That you have good chances for job security • Special ed services are mandated • You’re inoculated against the difficulties of the job • You’re generally very dedicated to the children • That paras who enter teaching tend to stay • That paras bring in the culture, knowledge and • concerns of the local community NRC Para Conf 0509 6
  7. 7. There are many program options including • Curriculum pathways (current sampling) • Certificates • • Autism certificate (handout) • Early Childhood Special Education Bachelor’s degree programs with credentials • • BA with a concentration in Early Childhood Education • BA in English with credential (handout) • BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with credential (handout) NRC Para Conf 0509 7
  8. 8. Continuation of Curriculum Pathways (current sampling) • Master’s degree programs • Masters of Arts in Teaching • Autism (handout) • Best Practices • Applied Behavioral Analysis • Early Childhood Special Education • National Board Certified Teacher Leadership • Masters of Sciences in Special Education • Deaf and Hard of Hearing with DHH credential (handout) • Masters of Education • Cross Cultural Teaching with credential • Best Practices • NRC Para Conf 0509 8
  9. 9. Credential offerings (with internship options): • CA Mild/Moderate • Serves students with mild/moderate disabilities including • learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, mild mental retardation Meets Resource Specialist Program requirements • CA Moderate/Severe • Serves students with more profound disabilities or • greater level of need; can be pre-academic/life skills based programs CA Deaf and Hard of Hearing • NRC Para Conf 0509 9
  10. 10. There are many instructional delivery options • including Onsite instruction • • Traditional face-to-face model Web-based instruction • • Instruction delivered from web to onsite NU centers Online instruction • • Instruction delivered to your desktop at home or work • Computer access also available at NU regional centers Hybrid instruction • • Uses both onsite and online formats NRC Para Conf 0509 10
  11. 11. Mission Statement: • NU is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challengi ng, and relevant to a diverse student population NRC Para Conf 0509 11
  12. 12. 2008 Factbook (pamphlet) • Unique one course a • month format • Year round entry/exit • Accelerated pace geared towards the adult learner • Relevant, up to date content and delivery Next Step (pamphlet) • Accreditations • • Application process NRC Para Conf 0509 12
  13. 13. Financial Aid • Federal, state, and local funding sources • Grants • • California Community College articulation agreement • Para Pipeline (handout) • PEBSE (handout) Library System • Student Concierge Service • Tech Support Center • *Recent stimulus bill = your Opportunity! • NRC Para Conf 0509 13
  14. 14. Quality • Access • Relevance • Accelerated Pace • Affordability • Community • Contact: Joy Kutaka-Kennedy • jkutakak@nu.edu • 408.236.1146 • NRC Para Conf 0509 14
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