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EDUC 190 Working as a Paraeducator • 5 Cr.


Focuses on the roles, responsibilities, and tasks expected of paraeducators. Content includes Washington State Core Competencies one through seven for paraeducators. Sequence and milestones of human development, values, ethics, communication, and positive behavior support are covered. Requires 30 hours of classroom participation working with children with disabilities. Prerequisite: ECED 171 or EDUC& 205.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Articulate the values of providing instructional and other direct services to all children and youth, including children and youth with disabilities
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of certificated/licensed staff and Paraeducators
  • Explain patterns of human development and milestones typically achieved at different ages
  • List risk factors that may prohibit or impede typical development
  • Practice ethical and professional standards of conduct, including the requirements of confidentiality
  • Communicate with colleagues, follow instructions, and use problem solving and other skills that will enable the Paraeducator to work as an effective member of the instructional team
  • Provide positive behavioral support and management
  • Explain legal issues related to the education of children and youth with disabilities and their families
  • Demonstrate awareness and appreciation of diversity among the children, youth, families, and colleagues with whom they work
  • Articulate the meaning and rationale for least restrictive intervention approaches

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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
Work: (425) 564-1000