Below is a list of training and certificate options included in the paraeducator certificate program.
- Learn about the program structure, resources and timeline.
- View our district implementation toolkit (document).
Fundamental Course of Study
Before a paraeducator begins their employment, they must complete the Fundamental Course of Study (FCS) training.
How does a paraeducator receive the training?
It is the responsibility of the school district to provide the FCS training to their paraeducators.
Paraeducators should not independently seek out training to meet the FCS requirements.
A school district is only required to provide training on the FCS when funds are provided by the Legislature. If no funding is provided, then this training is not a requirement.
School districts may partner with a provider to ensure that this training is met. If this option is chosen, it is the responsibility of the district to ensure that the training provided meets the standards and learning objectives written in the FCS outline.
All FCS training must meet the learning objectives and standards in the course outline and curriculum. Developed from the paraeducator standards of practice, the FCS is organized into 12 units and provides paraeducators with 28-hours of professional development. Seven of those hours must be provided in-person (i.e., paraeducators and trainers are physically in the same room).
- View the paraeducator standards of practice (document).
- View the course outline and curriculum (document).
The online course “Paraeducators: what we do matters” was created to help meet 12 hours of FCS training. Each of the modules in the online course is equivalent to one hour of training. Districts interested in exploring this option must review the crosswalk (document) between the FCS and the online course.