A person working as a paraeducator for a school district before or during the 2017-18 school year must meet the requirements below by the date of hire for the 2019-20 school year or any subsequent school year.
A person who has not previously worked as a paraeducator for a school district must meet the requirements below by the date of hire for the 2018-19 school year or any subsequent school year.
A paraeducator must:
Be at least eighteen years of age and hold a high school diploma or its equivalent (for more detailed information on what is considered equivalent, please read our flyer (document); and
In addition, a paraeducator must meet one or more of the following:
(a) Have received a qualifying score on the Education Testing Service paraeducator assessment as published by PESB; or
(b) Hold an associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university; or
(c) Have earned seventy-two quarter credits or forty-eight semester credits at the one hundred level or higher at an accredited college or university; or
(d) Have completed an apprenticeship as a paraeducator, in a program registered with the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council.