Henry Ford College

Education Paraprofessional

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Certificate of Achievement

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. Individuals 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. For more information, please consult the transfer guides in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of first aid procedures.
  • Apply knowledge of literacy development to assist emergent and beginning readers.
  • Analyze children’s literature for its use in the elementary or middle school classroom.
  • Analyze elementary and middle school mathematics at the level necessary for teaching.
  • Develop lesson plans implementing educational software for grades P – 8.
  • Construct scientific knowledge using inquiry-based techniques.
  • Apply knowledge of the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development theories of the learner in a school setting

Required Support Courses

4 credit hours of Science (100 level or higher)
Minimum Credit Hours: 
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
34.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Program Requirements

Additional Program Requirements: 

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 HFC course work must provide a statewide criminal record check prior to work with children in public or non-public schools.

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

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Social Science, Arts, and Fitness Division • (313) 845-9625 • socialscience@hfcc.edu • Fine Arts Bldg • Room: F-140
Tracie Varitek • (313) 845-6393 • tlvaritek@hfcc.edu • Campus Safety • Room: N-202
Career Opportunities: 
  • School paraprofessional