The educational assistant program is Minnesota's original and most successful post-secondary training program for paraprofessionals in education, training, and related services. This program provides the skills needed to work in an educational setting. Paraprofessionals work with children in day care centers, preschools, elementary schools and with children or adults with special needs. A paraprofessional is an employee whose position is either instructional in nature or who delivers direct services to individuals and/or their parents. An AAS degree, diploma, and certificate options are available.

NOTE: Program participants are subject to background checks according to Minnesota state law.

Course Outline
Required Courses
(19 Courses)
Enrollment in EDA 1110 and EDA 1185 is determined by placement tests. GSWS 1401 can be taken in place of EDA 1180.
Course Title Credits
ECED 1410 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
ECED 1420 Bullying: An Educator's Role
ECED 1430 Assistive Technology in Early Childhood Special Education
EDA 1005 Occupational/Service Learning 2*
EDA 1010 Cultures in the Workplace
EDA 1015 Activity Ideas 2*
EDA 1065 Teaching Strategies
EDA 1075 Human Relations at Work
EDA 1105 Behavior Intervention
EDA 1110 Language Arts
EDA 1115 Special Education
EDA 1125 Child Development I
EDA 1130 Child Development II
EDA 1150 Children's Mental Health
EDA 1155 Crisis Intervention
EDA 1180 Employment Readiness
EDA 1185 Math Activities
EDA 2900 Internship I 4*
GSWS 1451 First Aid/Safety
Total Credits: 41  
Elective Courses
(these courses are not required but are recommended)
Enrollment in courses UCA 1200 and UCA 1205 is determined by placement tests.
Course Title Credits
EDA 1020 Sign Language I
EDA 1025 Sign Language II
EDA 2800 Professional Development 1*
EDA 2950 Special Topics/Projects 1*
UCA 1200 Basic Math Skills
UCA 1205 Basic Communication Skills
Elective Courses
(select 2 credits from the courses below)
Choose one course.
Course Title Credits
GSCI 1302 Introduction to Computers
GSCM 1102 Applied Written Communications
GSCM 1112 Applied Oral Communications
GSCM 1122 Applied Oral and Written Communications 2*
GSIS 1602 Personal Financial Management
GSMS 1222 Applied Elementary Algebra
Total Credits: 2  
Total Diploma Credits: 43  

*Credits for this course are variable. See your Advisor about this course.