We have provided you with Canvas modules for taking courses online. You will be sent a link to complete the modules.
GENERAL PARAEDUCATOR CERTIFICATE
The GENERAL Paraeducator Certificate [GPC] is the only required certificate, if funded, in the Paraeducator Certificate Program. To earn this certificate a paraeducator must complete an additional 70 clock hours of training within 3 years after completing the FCS. The district is responsible for ensuring all employed paraeducators meet the requirements of the certificate.
While working on your GPC, you may, as an option, also choose to work on the Subject Matter Certificates (EL and / or SpEd). Each course - EL or SpEd - is a 20 hour course. Again, these are optional courses.
Please refer to the Infographic regarding the different components of the Paraeducator Requirement Program. There is a certificate processing fee which is the responsibility of the paraeducator and not the district. The following fees will be assessed when a paraeducator applies for a certificate in E-Cert once the hours have been earned:
HOW TO ATTAIN
Training to meet the requirements of the GPC is broadly conceived: any training that will assist the instructional practice of a para may count towards the completion of this certificate.
CANVAS MODULES FOR ONLINE COURSES
THE DISTRICT HAS PROVIDED PARAEDUCATORS WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Salary Credit Form (for face-to-face courses only)
What this means for you, as a K-12 Instructional Paraeducator:
1. Step 1: School districts must provide Fundamental Course of Study (FCS) training to all K-12 instructional paraeducators beginning with the 2019-20 school year. [Courses may take place online or via a face-to-face presentation.]
For the 2019-20 school year paras are required to obtain 14 hours in the FCS units 1-12.
For the 2020-21 school year paras are required to obtain 14 hours in the remaining FCS units 1-12.
The district will be designating eligible online courses for completion of FCS units.
2. Once paraeducators complete the 28 hours, the district will issue a clock hour form. Paras will then need to create an E-Cert account in the Education Data System (EDS) through OSPI to upload the clock hour forms.
3. More information will follow on how to set up your E-Cert account.
4. Step 2: Paraeducators must earn an additional 70 hours of training after completing the FCS training. This is for the General Paraeducator Certificate and they have 3 years in which to do so.
More details on the Paraeducator Certificate Program are available on the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) website.