Education Paraprofessional Program
This program is not accepting applications for Spring 2021 or Fall 2021.
Education is no longer one size fits all. Students learn in different ways, sometimes requiring extra help. Educational assistants to the rescue! If you enjoy working with children, want to make difference as a classroom or daycare assistant, are creative and adaptable, and have an appreciation for individuality, you’re checking out the right career – education paraprofessional!
- Hutchinson campus
- Online – blended
- Fall and spring starts
Skills you will learn
- Behavior management
- Special education
- Child development
- Teaching strategies
- Children’s Mental Health
- Intro to Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Crisis intervention
- First aid and CPR (certification)
Teacher assistants look to Ridgewater College for reputable training. Our Education Paraprofessional program is Minnesota’s original and most successful post-secondary training for paraprofessionals in education, training, and related services. Our compassionate, experienced faculty and the educational experts they connect you with help you discover your strengths, develop your skills, and prepare you for a rewarding career with students in numerous environments.
Quality Matters standards of excellence are incorporated into curriculum
Program attributes that help students thrive
- Previous life experience credits available
- 100% placement last few years
- Internships in multiple settings for hands-on experience and confidence
- Strong community partnerships
- Active Helping Hands club
- Convenient online curriculum combined with meaningful face-to-face experiences
The joy of working with children comes alive when you share light bulb moments when your combined efforts result in understanding. There’s nothing like it! Enjoy a career that’s both rewarding and convenient for family schedules.
Salary and Job Outlook Education Paraprofessional
|Potential Careers for Graduates||Entry Level Annual Wage 2018||Median Annual Wage 2018||Projected Growth Rate 2016-2026||Projected Regional Job Openings 2016-2026|
|Preschool Teachers except Special Education||$21,923||$33,925||10%||798|
|Personal & Home Care Aides||$22,235||$26,354||42%||16,778|
|Social & Human Service Assistants||$30,576||$39,354||5%||1,964|
Degrees and Certificates