Instructional Paraeducator Minimum Employment Requirements

Paraeducator Certificate Program Components

About the Paraeducator Certificate Program
The Paraeducator Certificate Program offers statewide standards-based training for all instructional paraeducators in Washington State and supports a career growth ladder for those who wish to advance their career as a paraeducator or pursue a teaching profession. Click on the links below for additional information on the Paraeducator Certificate Program and it's components. 

Step 1: Fundamental Course of Study (FCS)
It is the responsibility of the school district to provide FCS training to their paraeducators. FCS training provides paraeducators with 28-hours of professional development. FCS training meets the learning objectives outlined in the Paraeducator Standards of Practice. The FCS curriculum is not independent training, the training is provided by the district. For additional information, contact Kari Lucey in HR at [email protected] 

Step 2: General Paraeducator Certificate
The general certificate is earned by a paraeducator who completes ten days (70 clock hours) of professional development training in addition to the Fundamental Course of Study (FCS). Any clock hour training that assists in the instructional skills of a paraeducator may count. Training must be completed through approved clock hour providers

Step 3: Subject Matter Certificate or Advanced Paraeducator Certificate (optional)
The optional subject matter certificates are for paraeducators who wish to further their skills in English Language Learner (ELL) or Special Education instruction. To earn a subject matter certificate, a paraeducator must complete 20 hours of professional development in the subject area of the certificate. The subject matter certificate can only be earned if the FCS training is complete. 

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