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Paraprofessional+ Pathway Program

Graduate at CommencementMcKendree University’s Professional+ Pathway program provides teacher’s aides and assistants, also known as paraprofessionals, a clear and easy way for them to become full-fledged elementary (grades 1-6) teachers quickly. The program is fully online for your convenience and can help you become a teacher in only two years.





Why Choose the Paraprofessional+ Pathway Program at McKendree?

Overview of McKendree University CampusIf you’re already a paraprofessional and your goal is to become a teacher at the elementary level, then the Paraprofessional+ Pathway at McKendree is right for you. This program will allow you to attain a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree and initial licensure in only two years. You can also expect to save up to $5,000 on program tuition. McKendree also offers a special education add-on license in this program, making it even easier for you to realize your dreams in a shorter amount of time.

Our faculty and staff have worked closely with many area superintendents to create this unique online program in an effort to address the Illinois teacher shortage. The Paraprofessional+ Pathway program is convenient, cost-effective, and the smartest choice for any aspiring paraprofessional wishing to become a teacher in the state of Illinois.  Best of all, paraprofessionals can continue working throughout the program!




Female Student at ComputerIn order to be admitted to McKendree’s Paraprofessional+ Pathway program, enrollees must:

  • Be currently employed as a paraprofessional

  • Obtain approval from your administrator

  • Have 60-90 hours of bachelor coursework



Employment Opportunities

Students who earn their Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree through McKendree University’s Paraprofessional+ Pathway program will gain the initial licensure that will allow them to teach in elementary schools throughout Illinois. Many of our graduates are now teachers at nearby K-12 schools – you can become one as well!





Academic Advisor


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Elizabeth Ketchum

Academic Advisor for the School of Education






Key Faculty


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Dr. Karee Nasser

Professor of Special Education
Piper Academic Center (PAC) 202
(618) 537-6552



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Dr. Katie Alford

Assistant Professor of Education
Piper Academic Center (PAC) 205
(618) 537-6953



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Dr. Darryn Diuguid

Professor of Education
Piper Academic Center (PAC) 208
(618) 537-6559



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Dr. Kim Joggerst

Lecturer of Education
Piper Academic Center (PAC) 207
(618) 537-6485



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Dr. Janet Wicker

Professor of Education
(618) 537-6880