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Paraprofessional Certificate

Also see Secondary Education (Teacher)
Also see Elementary Education (Teacher)

What They Do:
Teacher Paraprofessionals are also called teacher aides or classroom assistants. They support the teacher in a variety of ways and give special help to students in groups or individually. Most paraprofessionals work with young children in pre-school through grade six.

Related Occupations:
Teacher, school administrator, school counselor, sign language interpreter.

Who Would Enjoy It: 
You will probably enjoy being a teacher paraprofessional if you:

  • Are interested in a career in a human services field,
  • Enjoy being around young children, teenagers or young adults,
  • Like solving problems and sharing what you know,
  • Think it is important to explore new ideas,
  • Hope to make a difference in someone's life.

What They Earn:
Teacher Paraprofessionals are paid hourly.  Beginning wages vary widely (currently $8-$20 per hour) depending on college credit earned, previous experience and location of school. 

How Many Jobs Available: 
he need for qualified paraprofessionals varies by school district.  

How Much Schooling, Training, or Skill Development: 
As of January 2002, all new and currently employed paraprofessionals must have a high school diploma or equivalent, and ONE of the following:

  • Be evaluated by the school district through a local or state assessment that demonstrates knowledge of, and the ability to assist with instruction in reading, writing or math.
  • Complete at least two years of study at an institute of higher education.
  • Obtain an associate degree or higher.

What They Study at LCC: 
Teacher Paraprofessional, Associate in Applied Science Degree
Teacher Paraprofessional, Certificate of Completion
General Associates Degree

Geoff Quick, PhD
Education Lead Faculty

Curriculum               Staff

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