Bachelor of Science in Special Education: Paraprofessional Pathways

Lift your career to a higher level

Are you employed as a paraprofessional or teacher assistant in a special education school setting and ready to take the next steps to become a special education teacher? Our online Paraprofessional Pathways℠ program is the path to teacher certification and earning a bachelor’s degree. You’ve already made a commitment to your field, now you can earn your Bachelor of Science in Special Education, along with certification in K-12 mild/moderate cross-categorical.

If you are a paraprofessional or teacher assistant looking to soar higher in your field, this program could be your pathway to a career as a special education teacher. 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.

Due to the unique structure of the Paraprofessional Pathways℠ program, you will be able to continue working while you complete your degree and certification. Field experience and/or student teaching may be completed outside of the Pathways program, depending on individual school district policy.

Program Highlights

A flexible program with a variety of learning formats and required clinical experience gained through your job, enabling you to earn your degree while you continue working.

  • Available in an online format
  • Two 16-week online courses in the fall and spring
  • Two 8-week online courses in the summer
  • Clinical experiences can be completed on-the-job
  • This program is approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Fontbonne University meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

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