Online Education Major for Paraprofessionals
A program exclusively for K-12 educational paraprofessionals
This program is specifically for those working as educational paraprofessionals in K-12 schools. It was designed and created to help paraprofessionals complete their undergraduate degree and earn a teaching license quickly and cost-effectively.
With Hamline’s program, you will:
- Complete your undergraduate degree and licensure completely online
- Use your current workplace in a K-12 school to complete your field experience and student teaching hours
- Jump right into your education classes—you can start your major classes right away and complete your general courses as you go
- Enjoy small class sizes and supportive instructors who know how to support working adults to finish their degree
- Get individual advising based on your specific needs, and we’ll work with your district to provide exceptional support
Online education major and concentrations
Education major (BA)—elementary education concentration
Gain the knowledge and skills you need to earn your K-6 elementary education teaching license.
Education major (BA)—ESL concentration
Get specialized training and expertise you’ll need to earn your K-12 English as a Second Language (ESL) license.
Get your master’s degree with just 2–4 more courses
Once you complete your bachelor’s degree with licensure, you can earn your master’s degree—improving your expertise and earning potential—with just two to four additional courses, depending on your licensure area.
What you can expect from your online degree program
Not only do you pay a reduced tuition rate, you’ll also only pay for what you use. No hidden fees for things you won’t use as an online student.
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Explore career paths
Our innovative courses and one-on-one mentoring by faculty will give you the tools to succeed in a variety of jobs, such as:
- Classroom paraprofessional
- Social studies teacher
- Writing coach
- Nature center community educator in a non-school setting
- K-12 principal
- College professor
You can also put your degree to work in any number of fields, including:
- Educational consulting
- Test development
- Curriculum design
- Child psychology
- Corporate training
Take your studies further with graduate school
Many education graduates have returned to Hamline to pursue advanced degrees and licenses in education. Our goal is to support you on every step of your journey in education. Post-graduate opportunities for education students include:
- Additional teaching licenses, from teaching English as a foreign language to adult basic education
- Administrative licensure for principals and superintendents
- Education specialist degree (EDS)
- Master of Arts in education
- Master of Arts in literacy education
- Master of Arts in natural sciences and environmental education
- Master of Arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages
- Doctorate in Education
Graduate programs at Hamline
Once you’ve completed your online degree from Hamline, you’ll qualify for our alumni discount if you enroll in our graduate programs and save 10% on the cost of tuition.
Frequently asked questions about the online education major
Yes, but federal or state grants will be prorated accordingly. You must be at least half-time (6 credits per term) to qualify for federal loans. If you are not using financial aid from federal or state funds, then you may register for the number of courses you feel most comfortable taking each term.
An advisor will meet with you to do an analysis of your transcript so that you know exactly how many credits will apply to your undergraduate degree. They will work with you to map out a timeline and course sequence to make sure you can move as quickly as possible through the program to achieve licensure and your bachelor’s degree. Please complete the transcript evaluation request if you would like to understand how your credits would transfer prior to applying for admission.
No. Becoming an ESL teacher does not require that the teacher be fluent in a language other than English. However, it is required that all teacher licensure candidates in any area in the state of Minnesota be fluent in English. ESL candidates must have one year (two semesters) of college foreign language courses or two years at the high school level. Non-native English speakers are exempt as it is assumed they learned English as a second language.
Elementary education license program: 49 credits
English as a second language license program: 51 credits
Special education - ABS: 55 credits
Special education - ASD: 57 credits
It depends on the number and type of transfer credits you bring. Complete our request information form to connect with an admission counselor to get a more detailed assessment.
With a fall start, a completed AA degree, and taking 16 credits each term it can be possible to complete a bachelor's degree with initial licensure in two years. But, most working adults prefer to take fewer credits at a time and take longer to complete the program
If you are receiving employer reimbursement for tuition, you will need to work directly with the student accounts office and the financial aid office to understand how that will impact your student loans and payment process
Yes! The federal TEACH grant is a great way to fund your education if you plan to teach in a shortage area such as special education or ESL.
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