Pathways for Paraprofessionals

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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.

flexible classes

A pathway designed for working paras

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

fund your education

Access scholarship money to cut costs

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

plan ahead

Graduate sooner

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

keep working

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.

Qualification. You must...

  • Work as a para in a K-12 Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical Special Education classroom.

  • Currently have at least 60 hours of college credit.

  • Receive Building Principal approval.

contact information

Park Central Office Building

Address
Missouri State University
Department of Counseling, Leadership and Special Education
901 S. National Ave
Springfield, MO, 65897
Email
pathsforparas@MissouriState.edu