To help address the teacher shortage in Oklahoma, Mid-America Christian University is proud to offer two unique online pathways for paraprofessionals (teaching assistants) to obtain Elementary or Early Childhood Alternative Education Certification.
We are the first online-only opportunity for paraprofessionals to obtain certification in the state of Oklahoma! Our programs were recently featured in The Oklahoman — click here to read.
In addition, all students who enroll in one of these options can receive MACU’s 10% Oklahoma Teacher Discount! Students will need to demonstrate that they have a current Oklahoma certification or are employed in an Oklahoma School District.
For Paraprofessionals Without a Bachelor’s Degree: Undergraduate Certificate for Paraprofessionals in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
This online program offers paraprofessionals with at least one year of classroom experience and who do not have a bachelor’s degree, the opportunity to complete their Interdisciplinary Studies degree and obtain a certificate that meets state requirements toward Elementary or Early Childhood Alternative Education Certification.
Included Courses ($408/credit hour)
EDUC 3123 Foundations of Literacy
EDUC 3103 Educational Psychology
EDUC 4223 Instructional Strategies and Management
EDUC 3303 Development Across the Lifespan
EDUC 4223 Students with Exceptionalities
MATH 2203 Math for Teachers
For Paraprofessionals/Emergency Certified Teachers With a Bachelor’s Degree: Graduate Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction
This online program offers a Graduate Certificate for paraprofessionals and emergency certified teachers, with at least one year of classroom experience, and who have an undergraduate degree, an opportunity to work toward Elementary or Early Childhood Alternative Education Certification.
Included Courses ($440/credit hour)
ED 5153 Language Acquisition, Literacy, and Reading
ED 5163 Classroom Management and Safe Learning Environments
ED 5263 Advocacy for Learning and Creating a Community of Diverse Learners
ED 5143 Educational Psychology: Psychology Behind Learning