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Graduates of the Supervising Paraprofessionals program are prepared to create high level instructional student support.
Supervising Paraprofessionals

Educators specializing in this program are generally in a supervisory role and learn proven tools and skills to create an efficient system focusing on functional roles and responsibilities, accurate planning and scheduling, and designing high level instructional student support. Learn more about our Summer Institute option.

As you complete your program in Special Education and Gifted Education at the University of St. Thomas you will:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on students in the K-12 classroom
  • Become part of a supportive network of fellow students, alumni and faculty that will inspire and sustain you throughout your career
  • Learn from expert faculty currently active in K-12 classrooms who are here to help you shape your path

What you can earn

  • Certificate


Where you'll learn

  • On-campus (St. Thomas)




When you can start

  • Fall semester begins: September 9, 2015

Questions about this program

Ea Porter is an Administrative Assistant for the Teacher Education program in the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas.

Ea Porter

Enrollment Advisor



Program Details

For the Certificate

Candidates will learn to communicate with paraprofessionals in a clear, receptive and responsive manner regarding their roles and responsibilities, provide direction in coordinating plans, schedules and tasks while maintaining professionalism through respect, confidentiality and honoring boundaries. The purpose of this course is to provide students with information on teachers' roles and responsibilities for directing the work of paraprofessionals.

Candidates will learn to develop paraprofessional planning and scheduling skills based on student needs and provides effective supervision for instructional support. The purpose of this course is to provide students with information on teachers' roles and responsibilities for directing the work of paraprofessionals.

Develops an ethic of collaboration and the knowledge and skills needed to effectively collaborate with faculty, administrators, students, para-educators, families and community members. Students explore the fundamentals of collaboration; applications of collaboration related to consultation, team membership, co-teaching, partnership with families, developing interagency agreements and supervision of paraprofessionals; and pragmatic aspects of collaboration. Consideration of current practices in collaboration used in program planning and implementation for students receiving special education services is a focus.

Candidates will learn how to model caring and respectful interaction with students, discover the importance of advocating for paraprofessional training and development, and discover the strategies for ongoing staff development and training of paraprofessionals. The purpose of this course is to provide students with information on teachers' roles and responsibilities for directing the work of paraprofessionals.

TOTAL 12 Credits

Barbara Jo Stahl is an adjunct faculty member and the off-campus coordinator for the Special Education and Gifted Education programs at the University of St. Thomas.

Barbara Jo Stahl, Ed.S.

Adjunct Faculty | Off Campus Coordinator Special Education and Gifted Education (651) 962-4398
MOH 436 | Opus Hall


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The Value of a St. Thomas Degree

Calculating the cost of your degree can be challenging, as every institution approaches it a bit differently. At St. Thomas, we list our tuition cost as cost per credit:

  • Each course can be 1-3 semester credits, but the standard course is 3 credits.  
  • To view the total number of credits per program you can view the courses tab above.

It may be possible for you to receive some type of financial assistance. To learn more, please visit our Graduate Financial Aid page.

We offer our students much more than just a degree. We offer the chance to be a part of a personal and professional network like no other, which means your graduate education will enrich your life and career long into the future.


Education (M.A., Ed.S., Certificate, Licensure)

On-campus Tuition (per credit) $825
Books and materials
(estimate per course)
One-time application fee $50

1 | Meet the requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or the successful completion of a graduate level program from another institution

If you do not meet the above requirement(s), you may be eligible for special admission, which requires:

  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 2.75 (4.0 scale)
  • The completion of a standardized test, such as the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), GRE, GMAT or LSAT
  • A possible interview with an admissions person/committee

2 | Submit the following application materials:

  • Application form and one-time $50 application fee
  • Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas)
  • Personal statement

3 | Submit the supplementary materials:

  • Initial Licensure:  MTLE Basic Skills required by the end of an initial teacher licensure candidate's first semester of coursework.
  • International Applicants:  (1) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English. (2) Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.


Application Deadlines:

  • For Fall Term: June 1
  • For Spring Term: Rolling
  • For Summer Term: May 1

When you can start

  • Fall semester begins September 9, 2015

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