Pathways for Paraprofessionals

Go from paraprofessional to certified special education teacher

Pathways for paras

Our Pathways for Paras program will get you there. Earn a teacher certification in K-12 Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical Special Education through MSU. Pathways for Paras is affordable, flexible and designed for working paras. Get ready to become a special education teacher.

A pathway designed for working paras

Enjoy flexible classes, 100% online and via web conferencing.

Access scholarship money to cut costs

Scholarship money is available. Loans, scholarships and grants mean your degree could be entirely supported.

Graduate sooner

Finish your degree in two years (depending on your current number of college credits)

Count your career towards your coursework

Continue earning your salary while you earn your degree. Paras earn college credit for practicum and student teaching on-the-job.


Pathways for Paraprofessionals Checklist

Become a Special Education teacher through the Pathways for Paras registered apprenticeship program at Missouri State University! It is highly important that you complete each of these tasks.

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Missouri State University
Special Education/Cross Categorical Undergraduate Program - School of Special Education, Leadership and Professional Studies
901 S. National Ave
Springfield, MO , 65897