Pathways for Paraprofessionals

Pathways for Paraprofessionals

Building a Partnership Between Missouri Public Schools and Missouri State University

There is a growing demand for high quality teachers in Missouri schools. Some areas like special education teachers are in exceptionally high demand. There are many high-quality paraprofessionals currently working in schools that are great candidates for future teaching positions, but they are challenged to find a pathway to finish their teaching degree in order to advance into the teaching field. If you’re a high-quality paraprofessional that has a desire to pursue their teaching degree while continuing to work in a special education classroom, the Pathways for Paraprofessionals program is for you!

Missouri State University College of Education would like to form a special cohort of current special education paraprofessionals that have a desire to complete their teaching certificate in special education while they are serving as paraprofessionals in special education classrooms. These paraprofessionals will work toward their degree and continue to work as a paraprofessional at the same time.