Welcome paraeducators and interested stakeholders. The following details are useful for individuals seeking information on paraeducator minimum employment requirements, the certificate program, and career development. This page and its subpages are updated as the Paraeducator Board adopts and approves rules that further define law passed by the Washington Legislature.
Paraeducator minimum employment requirements
All paraeducators employed in the state of Washington must meet the paraeducator minimum employment requirements as written into law by HB 1115 (PDF) and amended by SB 6388 (PDF). Paraeducators hired for the first time in a school district must meet these requirements for the 2018-19 school year.
Paraeducator professional development
The following course of study and certificates make up the Paraeducator Professional Development Program. Additional information on the programs, including standards and course outlines, may be found by following the appropriate links.
The Fundamental Course of Study is the core training that all paraeducators must receive before working with students and their families.
The paraeducator may begin training to attain the General Paraeducator Certificate after completing the Fundamental Course of Study.
A paraeducator may attain the Advanced Paraeducator Certificate once they have completed the General Paraeducator Certificate.
PESB currently administers two programs paraeducators are encouraged to review. For further information, please follow the links below.
The Pipeline for Paraeducator Conditional Loan Scholarship Program (Parapipeline Program) provides financial support to classified instructional staff, with at least three years of classroom experience, to pursue their Associate of Arts (AA) degree in order to qualify, enroll in, and complete a two-year Alternative Route 1 program at a participating university to obtain a residency teaching certificate.
The Alternative Route to Teaching Block Grant (ARBG) provides funding for preparation programs, districts, and candidate scholarships to support alternative route programs engaging “grow your own” teacher strategies to address district need.