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Paraeducator Certificate/Fundamental Course of Study

The Paraeducator Certificate Program offers statewide standards-based training for all paraeducators, and supports a career growth ladder for those who wish to advance their career as a paraeducator or pursue a teaching profession.

During the 2021-22 school year, school districts are required to provide 14 hours of training on the Fundamental Course of Study or 14 hours of training towards the General Paraeducator Certificate to their paraeducators. 

Training components:

  • The training begins with the 28-hour Fundamental Course of Study (FCS), a course focused on the new paraeducator standards of practice.
  • Following the completion of the FCS, a paraeducator must complete an additional 70 hours of training to earn the General Paraeducator Certificate.
  • A paraeducator may choose to earn a Subject Matter Certificate by completing 20 hours of training. There are two Subject Matter Certificates: English Language Learner and Special Education. These certificates expire after five years (may be renewed), and are not prerequisites for employment. A paraeducator may use their Subject Matter Certificate towards meeting the requirements of the general certificate. The state has developed online courses to meet both of these certificates. These courses are free and upon completion, the paraeducator meets the requirements of the certificate.
  • Finally, a paraeducator may earn the Advanced Paraeducator Certificate once they complete the general certificate and an additional 75 hours of advanced professional development. The advanced certificate expires after five years (may be renewed) and it is not a prerequisite for employment.

The FCS Courses are as follows:

Year 1 – Fundamental Course of Study

Course

Hours

Delivery/Date

Introduction to Cultural Identity and Diversity (FCS01)

4

In Person

August 25, December 3, Mach 21

Equity (FCS06)

3

In Person

August 25, December 3, Mach 21

District Orientation and Roles & Responsibilities (FCS05)

3

Online via Canvas

Behavior Management Strategies (FCS07)

2

Online via Canvas

Right Response training can be substituted if in an eligible to take the class.

Emergency and Health Safety (FCS09)

1

Online via Vector

(part of required new hire training)

Communication Challenges (FCS12)

1

Online Via Canvas

Total Hours

14

 

 

Year 2 – Fundamental Course of Study

Course

Hours

Delivery/Date

Positive and Safe Learning Environment (FCS10)

3

Online via Canvas

Communication Basics (FCS11)

2

Online via Canvas

Methods of Educational Support and Instructional Support (FCS02)

4

Online via Canvas

Technology Basics (FCS03)

2

Online via Canvas

Using and Collecting Data (FCS04)

1

Online via Canvas

Child and Adolescent Development (FCS08)

2

Online Via Canvas

Total Hours

14

 


 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Please contact your Human Resources Generalist if you have any questions.

Contact information can be found on our Human Resources Department webpage, under HR Contact Info.