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Educator, associate degree

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Associate Degree: Educator2 years

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Course listing for the 2023-2024 catalog year.

ED 100Introduction to Education 3
ED 102Designing Classroom Materials3
ED 123Instructional Strategies: Reading3
ED 124Instructional Strategies: Mathematics/Science3
or MTH 211 Foundations of Elementary Math I
ED 131Instructional Strategies Using Theories of Learning3
ED 136Learning with Technology3
ED 217Creating Culturally Responsive Classroom Communities3
or ED 252 Behavior Management
ED 224Foundations of Education3
ED 251Overview of Exceptional Learners3
ED 263Portfolio Development2
ED 264Portfolio Development II: AAS Paraeducator Addition1
ED 270Practicum I3
ED 271Practicum II3
PSY 215Human Development *4
WR 121Composition I (WR121=WR121Z) (or any writing course for which WR 121 is a prerequisite) Z4
Choose two of the following:6
ED 258
Equity and Belonging in the K-12 classroom
ED 259
Culturally-Responsive Teaching and Learning
ED 268
Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
Choose two of the following:6
ED 269
Introduction to Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities
ED 290
Sheltered Instruction for English Language Learners
ED 291
Bilingual and ESL Strategies
Education Specialization Electives9
Paraeducator General Education Program Electives 1*12
Paraeducator Support Electives 27
General Education: 2 courses
Total Credits90

Could be used as General Education


Any course from the General Education list. Must include a minimum of one course from each category.


 Any PCC 100- 299 level course.


This course is part of Oregon Common Course Numbering. WR 121 and WR 121Z are equivalent.

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