The University of Colorado Denver's Pathway2Teaching paraprofessional certificate program will begin your journey as an educator. This certificate program provides high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn transferable college credits toward a teacher education degree. The curriculum of the certificate provides students with a foundational understanding of social justice and equity issues in education.
In this program, students will:
Upon completing this two-year program, students will be given preferential hire as paraprofessionals in their school district. For students who need to work while in college, this provides an opportunity to stay engaged and motivated while completing their degree. Once students receive their teaching license, they will have the potential to be hired by their home school district. Many graduates are now enrolled in teacher education programs across the country or in related fields such as social work.
You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your future career. We have a name that is recognized for preparing leaders of excellence who value diversity and inclusion.
This certificate is designed as a three‐course sequence, totaling nine credit hours, and may be earned in two years. Courses must be taken in sequence and students can begin the series in their junior years.
UEDU 1930 - Introduction to Socially Just Education
This course examines sociological issues concerning urban schools and communities. It provides an overview of school culture, diversity and social realities in American schools. Students will critically examine education issues that affect their lives, their community and classrooms throughout the country. 3 credits
SPED 1030 - Understanding (dis)Ability in Contemporary Classrooms
This course provides an overview of special education by examining the history of special education, construction of dis/ability, characteristics of individuals with disabilities, aspects of disproportionality and introduction to evidence-based instructional practices. 3 credits
CLDE 1030 - Introduction Language Development of Multilingual Learners
This course provides an overview of how languages are learned and used in day-to-day life. It focuses on the complexities and variations in registers, dialects and languages as an essential part of human communication in the context of power and privilege in the larger society. 3 credits
There is no GPA requirement to enroll. For more information, please contact your high school counselor or Margarita Bianco at DrBianco@Pathways2Teaching.com.
There is no GPA requirement to enroll.
For more information, please contact your high school counselor or Margarita Bianco at DrBianco@Pathways2Teaching.com.