It takes a committed, patient and well trained individual to work with students who have special needs. To ensure that people entering this career field receive the quality training opportunities they need, the University established in 2010 the state's first ever Special Education Paraprofessional Associate of Arts program.
This program is designed to prepare traditional students, practicing school personnel, and career changers to work as special education paraprofessionals (also known as teacher aides or educational technicians) in K-12 classrooms. Care has been taken to ensure that the program satisfies federal mandates for highly qualified personnel under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004.
The program will focus on how to instruct students with disabilities and other special needs, how to integrate technology in the classroom for these students, and how to apply the principles of effective classroom management and individualized behavior interventions with these students.
Completion of the program leads to a Maine Teacher Education Technician II certificate.