State Grant Bolsters Paraprofessional in Education Program

by Alana J. Mauger

For the second consecutive year, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has awarded Montgomery County Community College with a $10,000 Pennsylvania Department of Education State Personnel Development Grant (PaTTAN). The grant supports the integration of special education training into the College’s Paraprofessional in Education associate’s degree program.

The Paraprofessional in Education program is designed for people who are currently working as paraprofessionals in educational settings or those who desire to do so. Examples of paraprofessional jobs include library assistant, classroom aide and special education assistant.

The grant enables the College to enhance its paraprofessional curriculum by embedding Pennsylvania’s special education standards of competency into the existing program. The College’s full-time and part-time Education faculty will also receive professional development training about the standards and will learn strategies for embedding those competencies into their curriculum.  As a result, all of the College’s Education graduates will be better prepared to meet the needs of special education students in the classroom setting.

Education degrees offered by the College include Associate of Arts (A.A.) programs in Education in the Early Years: Birth through Fourth Grade and Secondary Education, and an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) program in Paraprofessional Education. The College also offers a 30-credit Childcare Certificate program and a three-course Core Director’s Credential Certificate for childcare center directors.

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