Prince William Sound Community College

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Disability Services, AAS
Degree Outcomes


The Associate of Applied Science Degree Disability is a 60-credit Program of Study for one of three types of paraprofessionals currently working or planning to work with children, youth and/or adults who experience disabilities. Selection of one of the three areas of emphasis is based on the work context in which the student wishes to apply his/her newly acquired skills. Students meet this requirement by successful completion of

  • A minimum of 18 General Education Requirement credits;
  • 24 credits in the Major Education core classes;
  • A final 18 credits in their selected Area of Emphasis.

With successful completion of the Associate Degree requirements, students gain skills and meet basic requirements to work as

  1. a Special Education paraprofessional in a public school setting;
  2. a Speech-Language Assistant in a public school, hospital or private clinic; and
  3. a Community Services Specialist in a community-based agency.

Student Learning Outcomes – Education Support:

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of reading, writing, math, and the ability to assist in the instruction of students with disabilities or those receiving Title 1 services, in school settings;
  • Provide effective one-on-one tutoring for similarly eligible students;
  • Assist with classroom management, such as following classroom schedules, organization of instructional and other materials and supervision of students during recreational periods;
  • Provide assistance in a computer laboratory, library or media centers;
  • Provide other instructional services to students under the direct supervision of a teacher

Student Learning Outcomes – Speech-Language Support:

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Assist speech-language and hearing screenings (without interpretation)
  • Assist with informal documentation as directed by the speech-language pathologist;
  • Follow documented treatment plans or protocols developed by the supervising speech-language pathologist;
  • Document patient/client performance and report this information to the supervision speech-language pathologist
  • Assist the speech-language pathologist during assessment of patients/clients;
  • Assist with clerical duties such as preparing materials and scheduling activities as directed by the speech-language pathologist;
  • Perform checks and maintenance of equipment, as supervised and directed to do so by the speech-language pathologist.

Student Learning Outcomes – Community Services Specialist:

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Use training, intervention and/or therapeutic techniques, child development, and cultural responsiveness as part of individual treatment plans in residential and habilitation settings for children and youth, or employment settings for adults;
  • Apply an array of strategies to support and shape behavior of children, youth and adults with challenging behaviors;
  • Know and follow ethical practice as it applies to implementation of direct services, communication with client, team and family members, and maintaining confidentiality;
  • Know and follow Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements and procedures;
  • Demonstrate cultural understanding and competence in the provision of community services;
  • Advocate for the rights of the individuals with disability who are served and support person-centered approaches to planning, assessment and delivery of treatment and habilitation.
  • Employ a variety of approaches for data collection and record keeping;
  • Demonstrate preparedness for a variety of types of medical, environmental and behavioral emergencies encountered in Alaska.