Associate Degree Program

The paraeducator plays a critical role as a member of an educational team, working under the supervision of a teacher at multiple developmental levels in the classroom setting. Delaware Tech’s Paraeducator associate degree program will prepare you to provide support to both teachers and children in a K-12 school setting. Our program provides a foundation in academic skills, literacy and mathematics instruction, and child development theory through a comprehensive range of educational experiences. You will learn in a multicultural educational environment that supports sensitivity and respect for diversity. You will also learn how to effectively communicate information about student learning and behaviors in a collaborative manner with school, family, and community members.

This program is offered at the Dover, Georgetown, and Wilmington Campuses.

What You Can Do

In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare you for a position as a:

  • Paraeducator in a K-12 school setting
What You Will Earn

The average competitive starting salary is $19,806.

What You Will Learn

Program Graduate Competencies

The Program Graduate Competencies listed below identify the major learning goals related to your specific program of study and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.

  1. Provide instructional support to K-12 students in literacy and mathematics in a professional, ethical, legal and effective manner under the supervision of a teacher.
  2. Apply knowledge of the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language development of all children in a classroom setting.
  3. Demonstrate supportive classroom practices that utilize positive management techniques, foster character development, and promote a healthy and safe environment.
  4. Apply understanding of multicultural education and a sensitivity to and a respect for diversity.
  5. Access and implement educational technology.
  6. Communicate information about student learning and behaviors in a collaborative manner with school, family and community members.

Core Curriculum Competencies

The Core Curriculum Competencies listed below identify what you, as an associate degree graduate, will be able to do upon completion of your degree, regardless of your major. You will acquire these core competencies through your general education courses (i.e. English, math, etc.) and your program of study courses.

  1. Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
  2. Demonstrate effective problem solving and reasoning skills.
  3. Work effectively in groups of people from diverse backgrounds.
  4. Demonstrate ethical and professional understanding and conduct.
  5. Apply appropriate information literacy skills to locate, evaluate and use information effectively.
  6. Use computer technology appropriate to the field.
  7. Use scientific and mathematical reasoning appropriate to the technology.

Campus-Specific Paraeducator Information