Paraprofessional Undergraduate Program

Paraprofessionals Study to Become Elementary School Teachers


Located in the heart of downtown Brooklyn and convenient to all major subway lines, the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University offers a supportive learning environment for Paraprofessionals who are interested in becoming teachers.

LIU partners with the NYC Department of Education’s Career Training Program and accepts vouchers only for Paras who are interested in becoming teachers.  We offer undergraduate degree programs in Inclusive Early Childhood Education, Childhood Urban Education and Adolescent Urban Education.

As LIU students, Paraprofessionals receive support through our Paraprofessional Support Program.  This program has been instrumental in meeting the academic needs of Paras attending LIU.  We listen and hear your concerns, provide advice, guidance and assistance.  As a support group, members can look not only to the School of Education staff and faculty, but each other, which results in a combined force towards the achievement of your professional goals.

LIU offers the Family University (FUN) Afterschool/Evening program which provides child care from 3:30pm-8:30pm.  Paras can drop off their children (who are in Kindergarten to 7th grade), knowing they will receive a healthy snack and dinner, partake in an array of activities including creative arts, homework help and community building.  Your children are taken care of while you earn your degree!

The LIU Wellness Center is open for students to enjoy free yoga, Pilates, aerobics and dance classes along with use of the gym and Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Please call Charlotte Marchant at 718-246-6496 or email her at for more information and to set up an interview to see if you are eligible.  You must have an interview to be accepted into this program.

Contact information:

Paraprofessional Advisor
Charlotte Marchant

Academic Advisor
Zalika Taylor

Teaching and Learning Department Chair
Kathleen Kesson

School of Education Dean
Amy Ginsberg

Career Training Program, Coordinator
Adrienne Gilyard


School of Education
LLC 2nd Floor
Dr. Albert Inserra, Dean