Paraprofessional certification in North Dakota is the responsibility of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. The NDDPI reviews and issues several types of paraprofessional certificates.  

The NDDPI has transitioned the paraprofessional application to ND Teach for the following paraprofessional certificate applications:

  • Title I
  • Special Education
  • Special Education Technician
  • Speech-Language Pathology

Step-by-step instructions: Paraprofessional Application in ND Teach

If you have questions regarding Title I paraprofessional certification, please contact Lauri Nord. If you have questions regarding the Special Education, Special Education Technician, or Speech-Language Pathology paraprofessional certifications, please contact Michelle Souther.

The requirements for each paraprofessional certificate are explained below.

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Special Education Paraprofessional Certificate of Completion

Paraprofessionals providing instructional support to individuals with disabilities must demonstrate completion of twenty contact hours of inservice training conducted within one calendar year of employment in which the paraeducator assumes assigned duties. 

Paraprofessional Certificate of Completion (Administrative Rule 67-11-14)

If you want a copy of the Paraeducator Training Modules, please contact our office at (701) 328-2277.

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Special Education Technician

Individuals providing special education technician services in school settings from early childhood through grade twelve must hold the North Dakota certificate of completion for special education.    

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Speech-Language Pathology Paraprofessional Certificate of Completion

Individuals providing speech-language pathology paraprofessional services in school settings from early childhood through grade twelve must hold the North Dakota certificate of completion for speech-language pathology.

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Title I Paraprofessional Certificate of Completion

Visit Title I Paraprofessional Certificate of Completion for additional information.

An aide/paraprofessional is one who assists teachers and students under the direction of a professional teacher to provide instructional support by reinforcing a teacher’s instruction in the classroom.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires Title I paraprofessionals to 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.

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