Why choose NPC?
Northland Pioneer College offers a selection of essential programs that prepare you for a variety of educational careers.
School districts are one of the largest employers in NPC service area, with 22 public school districts and 35 Bureau of Indian Education facilities. Yet there is high turnover, especially for educational assistants, due to the lack of training.
School officials tell us they need trained paraprofessionals to work as teacher assistants in regular and special needs classrooms and one-on-one with pupils. NPC's Education Studies prepare the skilled workers needed by our local schools and provide a foundation for additional studies to become elementary or secondary educators.
Why Study Education Studies Programs
If you plan to teach at the high school level, a smart option to consider is earning one of three foundational NPC transfer degrees: Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Business (ABus) or Associate of Science (AS). These transfer degrees not only provide background for subjects you plan to teach, but, more importantly, satisfy the requirements of the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC). You can transfer these NPC degree credits to any of the three state universities and save thousands of dollars in undergraduate expense.
For more flexibility in your course of study, ask your academic adviser about the Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree, which has an option for a Special Needs Educational Assistant. Not all of the general education requirements for the AGS degree will transfer to a four-year university.
If becoming an elementary school teacher has long been one of your dreams, investigate the Associate of Arts in Elementary Education (AAEE) degree. Developed to help fulfill the continuing demand for elementary school teachers, this two-year NPC transfer degree kick-starts your career in a vital and rewarding field. The AAEE degree equips you with expert, foundational teaching skills while you are earning the general education credits required for your bachelor's degree at any Arizona state university. The AAEE degree also provides you with the credentials that allow you to work in elementary and secondary classrooms in Northeastern Arizona while you are earning your bachelor's degree.
If you want to enter the workforce as soon as possible, consider earning an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree as an Educational Assistant or Special Needs Educational Assistant. This two-year degree qualifies you for employment in this high demand field (especially in rural areas). You can also earn a Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) or Certificate of Proficiency (CP) in either of these specializations.
Another option is earning your Education Professions Certificate of Proficiency (CP) [new Fall 2014]. This one-year program consists of 20 credit hours of Education (EDU) and Early Childhood Development (ECD) courses. After completion, students may take a national paraprofessional certification test that qualifies them to be hired as Teaching Assistants in any local, state or federal school. The program is open to high school seniors and the general public.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports medianannual salaries in nonmetropolitan Northern Arizona as follows:
Residential Child/Youth Care Assistant • $26,240
Special Needs Educational Assistant • $21,090
Teaching Assistants • $21,780
High School Teacher • $40,870
Middle School Teacher • $42,260
Elementary School Teacher • $43,030
Education courses are offered at all nine NPC locations. Check with your academic adviser for specific courses needed to satisfy degree and educational goals.