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
Information for paraeducators
This program offers paraeducators professional development training to enhance their career.
By June 30, 2021, school districts are required to provide all 28 hours of training on the Fundamental Course of Study (FCS) to their paraeducators. This is paid time.
Who is responsible for providing the training?
It is the responsibility of your school district to provide training on the FCS. Paraeducators should contact their school district’s human resources office for training details.
What are the requirements of the certificate program?
If funded, paraeducators must:
- Complete training on the FCS provided by the school district; and
- Earn the General Paraeducator Certificate within three years of completing the FCS.
Resources for paraeducators:
Information for school districts
School districts are required to:
- Meet paraeducator minimum employment requirements
- Provide all 4 days (28 hours) of training on the Fundamental Course of Study to their paraeducators by June 30, 2021.
What resources are available?
A toolkit (document) is available and has been updated to reflect the 2020 legislative session, to assist school district staff who are responsible for implementing the required training. Educational Support Districts (ESDs), unions, community colleges, or any partners involved in supporting the professional development of paraeducators in Washington may also find the toolkit useful. We will add to, and update, this resource as appropriate.
You are encouraged to also access the online Google Drive folder, “Implementation of the Paraeducator Certificate Program”. In this folder, you have access to:
- Implementation Toolkit
- Standards of practice for paraeducators
- Course outlines
- Clock hour forms
- FAQ document
- Paraeducator program reports
- Materials from the pilot sites
How will districts be reimbursed for providing the required training?
To receive reimbursement for training during the 2019-20 school year, districts are required to complete iGrants package 918 by September 1, 2020. School districts will be reimbursed at a rate of $218 per completed day of training per paraeducator.
To receive reimbursement for the 2020-21 school year, districts must complete the training by June 30, 2021 and request reimbursement by July 15, 2021.
- View the quarterly updates for iGrants 918.