A paraeducator may attain the Special Education (SPED) Subject Matter Certificate once they have completed the Fundamental Course of Study.
Paraeducators may become eligible for a SPED Subject Matter Certificate by completing 20 hours of professional development in the subject area of the certificate.
The certificate expires after five years, and it is not a prerequisite for a paraeducator working in any program.
A paraeducator may allocate the completed subject matter certificate hours towards the attainment of the General Paraeducator Certificate.
Paraeducator Standards and Course Outline for the SPED Subject Matter Certificate
The SPED Subject Matter Certificate must include the training competencies that align with the paraeducator standards of practice, which have been approved by the Paraeducator Board.
To view the knowledge and skill competency standards for the SPED certificate, follow this link to the online document.
The Paraeducator Board has also approved the following Course Outline and Learning Objectives for the SPED Subject Matter Certificate, which aligns with the SPED standards of practice and includes minimum hours of training per course.