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Educational Paraprofessional

Certificate of Achievement

Program Overview

Educational Paraprofessional

The Educational Paraprofessional Certificate of Achievement is designed to assist students in obtaining the skills necessary to work as paraprofessionals in pre-K and early elementary classrooms.

This certificate stresses the importance of understanding child and family diversity, special needs populations and developmentally appropriate discipline. By completing the paraprofessional certificate, a student can supplement the Advanced Certificate or Associate in Applied Arts degree or use it to directly gain employment.

Earning Potential

Interested in a career in early childhood education? Learn more about our region’s employment outlook and career opportunities you can pursue in this field of study.

Perform duties that are instructional in nature or deliver direct services to students or parents. Serve in a position for which a teacher has ultimate responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.

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are currently employed within the State of Michigan Prosperity Regions 5 and 6.

This number is expected to over the next four years.

of current workers will reach retirement age within the next ten years.

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About Delta's Program

The Delta College Child Development program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). As a result, the curriculum for the associate’s degree is aligned with the standards issued by the NAEYC and involves rigorous assessment with program and peer evaluations.

Early Childhood Higher Education Program NAEYC accredidation sealThe Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children
1313 L Street NW, #500
Washington, DC 20005

The accreditation term runs from July 2012 to July 2019.

Program requirements

All CD 110W, CD 113W, CD 115W and CD 117W students must complete the following and submit the appropriate documentation to the program coordinator:

  1. TB Skin Test. You must submit evidence of freedom from communicable tuberculosis
  2. Criminal background check
  3. DHS Child Abuse/Neglect clearance check
  4. Employment and volunteer contract (practicum agreement)

In addition, a Child Development information session is held in December, April and August. Students must attend one of these sessions. Be sure you notify Academic Advising Office to state your major as CD.

CD 110W and CD 113W each require 30 hours of volunteer work at a licensed childcare program. CD 115W requires 90 hours and CD 117W requires 150 hours of teaching in a licensed program other than your current employment site. CD 115W and CD 117W must be unpaid and outside of your work schedule. More information will be given at the information sessions.

Why you should choose Delta


Life is busy. But that shouldn't get in the way of your education. Delta offers classes at night, on weekends and online to make taking classes and getting that degree easier. Plus, Delta has three centers so you can take classes even closer to home.  


Co-op opportunities

You can get hands-on experience in your field while you're working toward that degree. I know. It's awesome! Plus, you'll even get paid. That's co-op! Check it out.


Free tutoring

At the Teaching Learning Center, located in the Library, we offer tutoring on a wide variety of subjects, and help with developing study and learning skills. Most tutoring is on a walk-in basis but we do have some online tutoring options.

Best of all, it's free for currently enrolled Delta students. Just another way we demonstrate our commitment to helping students succeed.


Honors Program

The specially-designed courses emphasize creative and critical thinking, providing a unique learning experience. You have more exploration of the subject area with increased faculty and student interaction. Make the most of your Delta experience. Join Honors!


Facts & Figures

With the Michigan Transfer Agreement, 30 credits are guaranteed to transfer to any public institution in Michigan.
Associate’s salary

An associate’s degree earns you 35% more income on average.

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Delta College offers over 140 degree, certificate and training options. Continue exploring and advancing your education with these related programs: