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Paraprofessional Requirements for Title I Programs

NCLB requirements for paraprofessionals working in Title I programs.

Properly trained paraprofessionals (teaching assistants) can play an important role in improving student achievement, especially in Title I schools by reinforcing and augmenting a teacher's effort in the classroom. No Child Left Behind therefore requires that paraprofessionals meet higher standards of qualification. Individuals who work in food services, cafeteria or playground supervision, personal care services, non-instructional computer assistance, and similar positions do not have to meet these requirements.

Paraprofessional Requirements

Title I paraprofessionals whose duties include instructional support must have:

  1. High school diploma or the equivalent, and
  2. Two years of college (48 units), or
  3. A. A. degree (or higher), or
  4. Pass a local assessment of knowledge and skills in assisting in instruction.

Individuals who work in food services, cafeteria or playground supervision, personal care services, non-instructional computer assistance, and similar positions do not have to meet these requirements.

Title I Paraprofessionals Non-Regulatory Guidance (2004) (PDF; Outside Source)
Policy guidance addressing paraprofessional qualification requirements.

Questions:   Lynda Nichols | lnichols@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-5822
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