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Special Education Degree - 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?
“Earn While You Learn.”
Online or face-to-face, the Paraprofessional Pathways to TeachingSM program offers teacher certification coursework for the adult learner who is currently working in a school setting and wishes to gain certification as a special education teacher, as well as complete a bachelor’s degree. Students will earn their Bachelor of Science in Special Education, along with certification in K-12 mild/moderate cross-categorical.
If you are employed as a paraprofessional, teacher assistant, or other school employee working with children, this program could be your pathway to a career as a special education teacher.
Due to the unique structure of the Paraprofessional PathwaysSM program, you will be able to continue working while you complete your degree and certification. Your classmates will be “job-alike” peers who are also making a difference in the lives of children with special educational needs. Our faculty members are educational practitioners with significant school-based experience. Their expertise will allow you to acquire the skills and knowledge you need in an interactive and supportive learning environment.
Paraprofessional PathwaysSM Program Formats
Paraprofessional PathwaysSM coursework is available in an online or a face-to-face format.
- The online format offers two 16-week online courses in the fall and spring, along with two 10-week online courses in the summer. The two clinical/practicum experiences must be completed “on the job”.
- In the face-to-face format, students register for two 8-week courses during the fall and spring semesters, as well as two 4-week summer courses. There are two clinical/practicum experiences to be completed “on the job”.
The clinical experiences are a part of the degree and certification requirements. These are completed “on-the-job” so that students may continue to work throughout the entire program. All clinical experiences include a component of university supervision.
Students usually complete the program in nine semesters or three calendar years, but the actual length of time required is based on your transfer credits and the pace at which you complete requirements. It is possible to accelerate your program by taking additional courses each semester. We will work with you to chart an educational path consistent with your personal needs.
Undergraduates must have approximately 60 credit hours that can be accepted in transfer from a recognized two-year or four-year institution. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or above is desired for entry.
Paraprofessional PathwaysSM coursework is currently offered at a variety of classroom locations including:
- Fontbonne University Campus
- St. Charles County
- St. Louis City
- St. Louis County
Students seeking financial aid will work with the University’s financial aid office after being officially admitted to the program. The first step is to complete the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Fontbonne University's school code is 002464. You must be registered for a minimum of six credit hours per semester to receive financial aid. For more information, contact financial aid at (314) 719-3576.
Educator’s Tuition Discount
Students enrolled in the PathwaysSM Program may receive a 25 percent discount on undergraduate tuition, if employed at least half-time.
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Please contact Mrs. Alexandra Gwydir at (314) 719-4358, fax (314) 719-8002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. NCATE LOGO.