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Teaching: Special Education - Paraprofessional Pathways

DID YOU KNOW? Fontbonne University produces more K-12 cross-categorical special education teachers than any other college or university in the state of Missouri?

You work in a school, and you’ve seen it first hand – special education teachers make a huge difference in the lives of students with disabilities and challenges. If you’re employed as a paraprofessional or teacher assistant in a special education school setting, and you’re ready to take the next steps to become a special education teacher, Fontbonne’s Paraprofessional Pathways to TeachingSM is the way to get there. Simultaneously earn your master’s degree and K-12 mild/moderate cross-categorical certification.

Classes are offered in an online format, which is comprised of two 16-week online courses in the fall and spring and two 10-week online courses in the summer. Students taking classes on campus register for two eight-week courses during the fall and spring semesters and two four-week summer courses. Both formats require clinical/practicum experiences that are completed on-the-job, so you can maintain your job while getting a master’s degree.

The need for special education teachers continues to grow. Graduates of Fontbonne’s Paraprofessional PathwaysSM program currently work in public and private schools and with students of all ages. 

Paraprofessional Pathways SM Program Highlights

  • Format: Offered online
  • Master's degree requires 32 credit hours. Additional course work is required to gain K-12 mild/moderate cross-categorical certification
  • 16-week courses
  • Earn your master's and your certification while maintaining a full-time job
  • Complete clinical experience on the job
  • 15-percent tuition discount for students employed at a school at least half-time
  • Check out our Evening/Online video - hear what students and faculty have to say!

At this time, the Special Education - Paraprofessional PathwaysSM program is only available to residents of certain areas within Missouri and Illinois.

To find out more about Teaching: Special Education-Paraprofessional PathwaysSMemail or call 314.863.2220. 

A Pathways tuition discount is offered to those students enrolled in the Pathways Program. This is a 22 percent discount on specific, undergrad courses and must be requested each semester. This discount is not offered during the summer semester. Please see your advisor. All discounts are based upon available funding and may not be combined with other discounts or scholarships. 


NCATE   Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education     NCATE Accredited Institution

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has designated Paraprofessional PathwaysSM as an approved Innovative Program.  All education programs at Fontbonne University are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 466-7496.