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Renton School District

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.

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.
  • During the 2022-23 school year, school districts are required to provide 28 hours of training on the Fundamental Course of Study or 14 hours of training towards the General Paraeducator Certificate to their paraeducators. 

This short video helps explain the Paraeducator Certificate Program. 

This PowerPoint helps explain the Paraeducator Certificate Program.

Renton School District specific implementation information is listed below.