By Jordan Beach 

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education degree program at Reinhardt University now offers a specific program geared towards paraprofessionals.

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Reinhardt’s Price School of Education enrolled its first cohort of students in its new paraprofessional program this summer, offering educators a convenient way to grow in their field while remaining in the classroom. Paraprofessionals serve to support classrooms and provide instruction and care for the special needs of students.

After recent approval from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, Reinhardt enrolled its first class of 13 students from Cherokee, Polk, Paulding and Bartow Counties.

“This cohort is a talented group of dedicated individuals who will soon be outstanding teachers,” said Dr. Nancy Marsh, dean of the Price School of Education.

The program is tailored for working paraprofessionals and includes evening classes and field experiences. The curriculum allows students to explore and implement various approaches and strategies that meet the learning needs of all students.

Candidates must have at least one year of experience and an undergraduate degree and their school districts' approval with a recommendation from their principal to apply for the program. These requirements serve to prepare students to earn their degree in just four semesters.

“The premise is that these candidates have enough background knowledge to complete the program at an accelerated pace of one year while they continue to work in their paraprofessional position,” said Marsh.

Graduates of this program will earn their master’s degree and a recommendation for a Georgia Level 5 Certificate in Elementary Education (P-5).

To learn more about the Paraprofessional Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education, visit Reinhardt.edu/MAT.