Paraeducator certificate program
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.
Paraeducators have been wanting training for a long time. This program will better equip us with the tools we need to serve students and support teachers.”
– Tiffany and Raquel, Yakima Valley paraeducators
School districts are required to:
- Meet paraeducator minimum employment requirements
- Provide two days (14 hours) of training on the Fundamental Course of Study to their paraeducators during the 2019-20 school year.
- In anticipation of the program retaining its base funding, school districts are required to provide two days (14 hours) of training on the Fundamental Course of Study to be provided to their paraeducators during the 2020-21 school year.
Learn more about district implementation.
- Informational webinar
- Program updates and requirements.
- May 28, 1 p.m. Register to attend.
- Fundamental Course of Study share fairs.
- Facilitated meetings that will allow for discussion and dialogue between district implementation leaders, and a space to learn from each other on the successes and challenges districts have encountered.
- These will replace the statewide share fair that was scheduled to be on May 28.
- Dates to be determined. Complete this form to attend.
What are the program components?
- The training begins with the 28-hour Fundamental Course of Study (FCS), a course focused on the new paraeducator standards of practice.
- Following the completion of the FCS, a paraeducator has three years to complete an additional 70 hours of training to earn the General Paraeducator Certificate.
- A paraeducator may choose to earn a Subject Matter Certificate by completing 20 hours of training. There are two Subject Matter Certificates: English Language Learner and Special Education. These certificates expire after five years (may be renewed), and are not prerequisites for employment. A paraeducator may use their Subject Matter Certificate towards meeting the requirements of the general certificate.
- Finally, a paraeducator may earn the Advanced Paraeducator Certificate once they complete the general certificate and an additional 75 hours of advanced professional development. The advanced certificate expires after five years (may be renewed) and it is not a prerequisite for employment.
*Training is required only if funded by the Legislature. If funded, school districts are responsible for ensuring all instructional paraeducators meet the requirements of the FCS and General Paraeducator Certificate (up to the funded amount).
- District implementation
- Minimum employment requirements
- Certificate program components
- Paraeducator board
- Implementation folder
- Online training courses
- Reimbursement information
- Sign up for the Paraeducator Board newsletter
If you have questions about the program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org