Paraeducator Certification Program
The Paraeducator Certification Program is for all paraeducators.
The Paraeducator Certificate Program offers statewide standards-based training for all paraeducators and supports a career growth ladder for those who wish to advance their career as a paraeducator or pursue a teaching profession. To ensure students have access to highly-trained paraeducators who can support thier learning needs, paraeducators must have ongoing professional development and training.
The program begins with the FCS. The FCS is 28 hours of training that covers the paraeducator standards of practice. School districts are responsible for providing this training when funded.
Every paraeducator must complete the Fundamental Course of Study in the first two years.
The standards of practice make up the foundation of the certificate program.
The five standards are:
- Supporting instructional opportunities;
- Demonstrating professionalism and ethical practices;
- Supporting a positive and safe learning environment;
- Communicating effectively and participating in the team process; and
- Demonstrating cultural competency.
The general certificate includes 70 clock hours of training to help improve instructional practices. A paraeducator has three years to complete this certificate after completing the FCS. School districts are responsible for providing this training when funded.
Once the FCS is complete, paraeducators work on the General Paraeducator Certificate. This year, paraeducators are expected to complete 14 hours.