Certificate of Proficiency (COP)


About The Program

This certificate prepares graduates for entry-level employment with school districts. Graduates acquire skills needed to become an important member of the instructional team, learning instructional strategies, behavior management, human development and interpersonal skills in the context of a diverse society. The program includes hands-on experiences in schools. This program will help open doors to a rewarding career as a paraeducator.

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Program Requirements

EDUC& 101 Paraeducator Basics 3
MATH& 131 Math for Elementary Educators I 5
EDUC 191 Field Experience I 5
EDUC& 204 Inclusive Education-Birth through 21 focus 5
EDUC& 205 Intro to Education w/Field Experience: DIV 5
EDUC 246 Linguistically Diverse Education 3
EDUC 240 Diversity in Education 5

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Total credits required to earn this degree: 46

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

  • Demonstrate appropriate strategies and techniques to provide instructional support to students of diverse populations.
  • Assist licensed/certified staff with student instruction, behavior management and classroom preparation.
  • Apply best practices in classroom management to optimize the potential for student learning.
  • Practice ethical and legal standards of conduct.
  • Demonstrate competence in written and oral communication, reading, and mathematics.

Revised May 2023 (Effective Summer 2023)


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements.
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