Paraprofessional Certificates

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An aide/paraprofessional is one who assists teachers and students under the direction of a professional teacher. The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) guidance defines an aide/paraprofessional as an employee who provides instructional support by reinforcing a teacher’s instruction in the classroom.
As part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Title I paraprofessionals must have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent and meet one of the following three requirements to be employed in a Title I program:
  1. Obtained a working knowledge in reading, mathematics, and writing by completing two years of study (48 semester hours) at an accredited institution of higher education; or
  2. Obtained an associate’s (or higher) degree; or
  3. Met a rigorous and objective standard of quality, which includes a North Dakota approved assessment of skills in reading, mathematics, and writing.
Individuals holding a North Dakota educator’s professional license meet the requirements under ESSA and the teaching license number could be used in lieu of the paraprofessional certificate of completion number.

Guidance Application Information

Call (701) 328-2282 or (701) 328-2824 for additional information on paraprofessional certificates of completion.