The 35 credit hour Education Paraprofessional Certificate of Achievement is designed to increase students'' knowledge in specific content areas and to promote the development of interaction skills necessary for working with children. This certificate also enables those presently employed as paraprofessionals to become more effective as aides. Upon successful completion of the program students receive a Certificate of Achievement. Those who wish to earn an Associate in Arts degree in Pre-Elementary Education may apply the total hours of the certificate program toward that degree. However, ENG 121 and HPE 142 may not apply toward a bachelor''s degree in Elementary Education. Please consult the transfer guides in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center.
The law requires new teachers, school administrators, school psychologists, and other personnel to provide documentation of a completed criminal record check. Students who complete field experiences as part of their HFCC coursework must provide a statewide criminal record check prior to work with children in public or non-public schools.