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Paraprofessional (Teachers Aide) Certification Program

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The Instructional Paraprofessional Certification Program will prepare you to assist classroom teachers in instruction of mathematics, reading and writing. The required courses include topics in teaching mathematics, reading and writing, an overview of the job of Instructional Paraprofessional and an introduction to child development. The elective courses allow students to explore areas related to instruction including classroom management skills, teaching and learning theories and instructional methods.

The Instructional Paraprofessional Certification Program will help prepare you to pass the Educational Testing Services ParaPro Exam or other skills assessment exams and to pass any observation-based certification programs required by your state.

Instructional Paraprofessionals play an important role in the classroom. This course gives an overview of the role the paraprofessional plays in the assisting the teacher and the students and how the teacher and paraprofessional can work together to create effective learning environments. The course will cover how to manage the classroom, characteristics of learners and how to support them and ways to improve instructional effectiveness.


  • Students will identify the role of a paraprofessional in the US Educational System.
  • Students will identify the requirements for becoming a paraprofessional.
  • Students will identify the factors that affect the organization of the learning environment.
  • Students will identify factors that influence how students learn.
  • Students will identify the different forms of supervision.
  • Students will provide examples ways of identifying effective instruction.
  • Students will identify ways they can assist teachers with time management and classroom management.
  • Students will identify the professional and ethical requirements for the paraprofessional job.
  • Students will review what they have learned and reflect on changes they have made to their practices.
  • Students will start their Paraprofessional Portfolio.

To receive their certificate, students will need to successfully complete the five required courses and three of the elective courses. Students will be required to create a portfolio of their work which is included in the final lesson of each completed course.


Upon completion of this online Paraprofessional (Teachers Aide) Certification Program, students will have a full understanding of:

  • Paraprofessional's Training
  • Child Development
  • Teaching Math
  • Teaching Reading
  • Teaching Writing
  • Classroom Management
  • Learning and Teaching Theories
  • Differentiated Instruction in the Inclusive Classroom
  • Motivating Students
  • Learning Styles in the Classroom
  • Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom
  • Instructional Design


The ParaPro Assessment for prospective and practicing paraprofessionals measures skills and knowledge in reading, mathematics, and writing, as well as the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to assist in classroom instruction. The test consists of 90 multiple-choice questions across the three subject areas of reading, mathematics, and writing. Approximately two-thirds of the questions in each subject area focus on basic skills and knowledge, and approximately one-third of the questions in each subject area focus on the application of those skills and knowledge in a classroom context. This test may contain some questions that do not count toward your score.

course quick facts
course code PRO2041
cost $3499.00
estimated time to
complete course
208 Hours
course materials
365 Days