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. To ensure students have access to highly-trained paraeducators who can support their learning needs, paraeducators must have ongoing professional development and training.
Your commitment to the certificate program will ensure all paraeducators receive the professional development they deserve to best support Washington’s students. We have created this page to share unique and creative opportunities to maintain the momentum of the certificate program including training materials and funding strategies.
In anticipation of the program retaining its base funding of $13 million, school districts are required to provide two days (14 hours) of training on the Fundamental Course of Study to their paraeducators during the 2020-21 school year. In order to receive reimbursement, training must take place after July 1, 2020.
District requirements for the 2020-21 school year
- Meet paraeducator minimum employment requirements
- School districts are required to provide two days (14 hours) of training on the Fundamental Course of Study to paraeducators.
In-person training requirement
To support districts as they navigate traditional and virtual classroom options, the Paraeducator Board has issued an emergency rule providing greater flexibility to meet training requirements for paraeducators on the Fundamental Course of Study (FCS).
The FCS consists of 28 hours of training, seven of which are required to be provided in person. The new emergency rule allows districts to meet the in-person requirement if they provide training to paraeducators through a virtual format with an instructor that uses synchronous learning. Synchronous online learning that took place with an instructor beginning on March 1, 2020 will count towards meeting the in person requirement of the FCS. This rule is in effect until September 1, 2021.
To receive reimbursement for the 14 hours of training during the 2020-21 school year, districts are required to complete iGrants package 918 by September 1, 2021. This is the same iGrants form package used during the 2019-20 school year.
We will publish a preliminary reimbursement rate to districts in December 2020, an adjustment in June 2021 and make a final adjustment in September 2021 when the total number of paraeducators who received training is known.
- View the quarterly updates for iGrants 918.