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Paraprofessional Requirements for Title I Programs

Requirements for paraprofessionals pursuant to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

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.
    (This is a locally approved assessment. Local education agencies may develop their own assessment or use an existing assessment so long as it measures the knowledge and skills in assisting in instruction. Many districts use the California Basic Educational Skills Test [CBEST] for this purpose).

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.

Additional Resources

Title I Paraprofessionals Non-Regulatory Guidance (2004) External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Policy guidance addressing paraprofessional qualification requirements.

Questions: Educator Excellence Office | educatorexcellence@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-7331 
Last Reviewed: Monday, August 28, 2017
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