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.
During the 2019-20 school year, school districts are required to provide 14 hours of training on the Fundamental Course of Study (FCS) to 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
Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, school districts are required to:
- Meet paraeducator minimum employment requirements; and
- Provide two days (14 hours) of training on the Fundamental Course of Study to be provided to paraeducators during the 2019-20 school year.
What resources are available?
A toolkit (document)is now available 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?
The training is funded by a reimbursement model, with funds disbursed to districts after September 1, 2020. PESB will publish a preliminary reimbursement rate to districts in November 2019, adjust in February 2020, adjust in May 2020, and make a final adjustment in September 2020 when the total number of paraeducators who received training is known.
- View the quarterly updates for iGrants 918 reimbursement rates.