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Fundamental Courses 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 2020-21 school year, school districts are required to provide 14 hours of training on the Fundamental Course of Study 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 has three years to complete an additional 70 hours of training to earn the General Paraeducator Certificate. – More info to come in Fall 2021.
  • 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:

COURSE

HOURS

FCS 01 – Intro to Cultural Identity & Diversity

4

FCS 02 – Methods of Educational and Instructional Support

4

FCS 03 – Technology Basics

2

FCS 04 – Using and Collecting Data

1

FCS 05 – District Orientation of Roles & Responsibilities

3

FCS 06 – Equity

3

FCS 07 – Behavior Management Strategies Including De-escalation

2

FCS 08 – Child and Adolescent Development

2

FCS 09 – Emergency and Health Safety

1

FCS 10 – Positive and Safe Learning Environment

3

FCS 11 – Communication Basics

2

FCS 12 – Communication Challenges

1

TOTAL

28


 

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.