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Paraprofessional Pathways to Teaching

Certification K-12 Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical Special Education

“Earn While You Learn.” The Paraprofessional Pathways to Teaching 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 or earn a master’s degree. 

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 Pathways program, you will be able to continue working while you complete your degree and certification.  Students with approximately 60 transferable credits may earn a Bachelor of Science in Special Education, along with certification.  For those with a bachelor’s degree, a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Special Education will be completed with certification.

Learn more about earning your certification and bachelor’s degree or certification and master’s degree and the special discounted tuition rate you may be eligible for with our educator’s tuition discount. 

Program Locations
Pathways coursework is currently offered online, as well as a variety of classroom locations including:

  • Special School District of St. Louis County
  • Fort Zumwalt School District
  • Francis Howell School District
  • St. Louis Public Schools
  • Fontbonne University campus 

Educator’s Tuition Discount
Students enrolled in the Pathways Program may receive a 15 percent discount on graduate tuition and 25 percent on undergraduate tuition, if employed at least half-time. 

Financial Aid
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.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.

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

Find out More
Please contact Mrs. Alexandra Gwydir at (314) 719-4358, fax (314) 719-8002 or pathways@fontbonne.edu.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has designated Paraprofessional Pathways 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.