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PACE: Paraprofessional Accelerated Curriculum in Education

Overview: Enabling Teacher Assistants to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education

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The PACE program at Belhaven College, now Belhaven University, allows you to enroll as a full-time student while maintaining your teacher assistant position. Designed specifically for Teachers Assistants, PACE enables you to complete 12 hours of teacher education credit in one semester at night while working as a Teachers Assistant during the day. Each semester is comprised of two 8-week sessions, in which you will take two education courses (6 credit hours per 8 weeks). When you enroll in PACE, you will progress through the program in cohort groups until all your education requirements have been met, and you can use your teacher's assistant position to complete all internship requirements for your K-6 teaching license. This unique opportunity helps you complete your Elementary Education K-6 degree and acquire knowledge and skills that will benefit you as you lead your own classroom.

Students who have not passed Praxis I and who transfer in fewer than 40 credit hours will be enrolled in the Pre-PACE program to satisfy the prerequisites for the PACE program.

Elementary Education K-6 Core Requirements

Course NameHours
English 12
Composition 6
Literature 6
Speech 102 3
Science/Math 19
Biological Science 4
Physical Science 3
Math 9
Social Studies 12
History 9
Culture 3
Fine Arts 5-6
Psychology 342 3
Bible 8
Worldview Curriculum 401 3

Areas of Concentration

A student must select two (2) areas of content study with a minimum of eighteen (18) hours in each area. Core courses may be counted toward areas of concentration.

(1) English
(2) Reading
(3) Mathematics
(4) Science
(5) Social Studies
(6) Safety/Health/Physical Ed.
(7) Fine Arts
(8) Special Education

Course Descriptions

See the Education Catalogue pages for curriculum.

PACE Program for Teaching Assistants:

The PACE program allows you to enroll as a full-time student while maintaining your teacher assistant position. Designed specifically for Teachers Assistants, PACE enables you to complete 12 hours of teacher education credit in one semester at night while working as a Teachers Assistant during the day. Admission requirements are as follows:

1. COMPLETE the APPLICATION for Admission

2. PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION

3. SUBMIT TEST SCORES