This program is designed to prepare students to work as paraprofessionals in K-12 classrooms. It is an Associate of Arts degree aimed as satisfying federal requirements for Title I programs. Courses are designed to build knowledge and skills related to human growth and development, the field of teaching, characteristics of learners, special education, instructional content and practice, the teaching and learning environment, behavior management, communication, diversity of families, health, safety and emergency procedures and professionalism and ethical standards. The majority of courses will also transfer into elementary teacher certification programs at four-year universities. Students should work closely with their advisor throughout the program to ensure transferability. Students working in Pre-K programs can either complete the Child Development program (Code 120) or follow this program and take two additional courses (CD 119 and CD 218) to complete the formal training hours required to obtain a CDA credential.