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Paraeducator Generalist Certification Course - Hybrid

FREE Tuition Assistance Available For Paraeducator

This career training is approved for FREE tuition assistance through our Education 2 Employment program for eligible Iowa residents. Financial assistance may include training tuition, textbooks, tools, certification fees, required materials and other services. Email [email protected] or call 712.325.3268 for more information!


For class schedule and to register, click on this link: Class Schedule/Registration


The Paraeducator Generalist Certificate course is a 90-hour program developed to train individuals to work under the supervision of teachers or other licensed personnel in the classroom setting. The training includes six competencies defined by the BoEE to cover the vital skills needed for a paraeducator to be successful in the classroom. The six competencies include Foundations, Learning Environment, Content and Instruction, Emotional and Behavioral, Professional Relationships and Ethical and Professional Practice. The program will be offered as a hybrid course with face-to-face sessions and online work. Students are expected to attend 100% of the face-to-face classes and must have access to a computer/internet outside of class time in order to take the courses. Student also must complete a ten hour practicum at a school under the supervision of a licensed educator.

NOTE: This course is NOT appropriate for teachers to take for license renewal and it is NOT appropriate for RENEWAL of a Paraeducator Certification.

This (90 clock hours) hybrid course is open to all paraeducators needing certification or anyone looking to become a paraeducator. Successful completion of this course will lead to Paraeducator Generalist Certification from the Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE). Visit their website to learn more about the certification process.

Paraeducator Certification Information

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