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 elementary schools. A paraprofessional is an employee whose position is either instructional in nature or who delivers direct services to individuals and/or their parents. A certificate option is also available.

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

Course Outline
Required Courses
(19 Courses)
Course Title Credits
ADR 1015 Activity Ideas for Program Development
GSWS 1451 First Aid/Safety
PHD 1010 Cultures in the Workplace
PHD 1020 Sign Language I
PHD 1035 Computer/Machine Technology 3*
PHD 1050 Internship I 3*
PHD 1065 Teaching Strategies
PHD 1070 The Paraprofessional: Who Am I?
PHD 1075 Human Relations at Work
PHD 1105 Behavior Management
PHD 1110 Language Arts
PHD 1125 Child Development I
PHD 1130 Child Development II
PHD 1155 Crisis Prevention/Intervention
PHD 1180 Employment Readiness
PHD 1185 Math Activities
PHD 1225 Disability Awareness
PHD 1315 Promoting Self-Advocacy
PHD 2050 Internship 3*
Total Credits: 40  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 42 while the section is listed as having 40 credits.
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum
General Education courses will be seleced from at least three (3) of the ten (10) goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer curriculum. Courses can be taken from any of the ten (10) goal areas.
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 20  
Total AAS Degree Credits: 60  

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