The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) creates the following requirements for paraprofessionals:
Any paraprofessional hired on or after January 8, 2002, and working in a Title 1, Part A program:
-Must have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent, and
-Two years of study at an institution of higher education
-Associate's (or higher) degree, or
-Meet a rigorous standard of quality and can demonstrate, through a formal state or local academic assessment.
The state or local assessment will consist of the following:
-Knowledge of, and the ability to assist in, instructing reading, writing, and mathematics; or
-Knowledge of, and the ability to assist in, instructing reading readiness, writing readiness, and mathematics readiness, as appropriate.
Paraprofessionals hired before January 8, 2002,
-Must satisfy the above requirements within four years of the date of enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. (NCLB was enacted on January 8, 2002.)
-Exception: Paraprofessionals that act as translators or whose duties consist solely of conducting parental involvement activities.
A Valid Texas educational aide certificate is also required.
Ability to work with children with disabilities.
Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
Ability to communicate effectively
Two years experience working with children