Pathways for Paraprofessionals
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.
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.
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.
From para to special educator to principal
Mark Simmonds worked as paraprofessional throughout college. He's an example of the pathway from paraprofessional to social education teacher. Read about how we used his paraprofessional experience to inform his professional goals.
Park Central Office Building
Missouri State University
Department of Counseling, Leadership and Special Education
901 S. National Ave
Springfield, MO, 65897