Paraeducator Professional Development

  • Level I Requirements:

    Core Competencies

    1. Understanding the values of providing instructional and other direct services to all children and youth with disabilities.
    2. Understanding the roles and responsibilities of certificated/licensed staff and paraeducators.
    3. Knowledge of (a) patterns of human development and milestones typically achieved at different ages, and (b) risk factors that may prohibit or impede typical development.
    4. Ability to practice ethical and professional standards of conduct, including the requirements of confidentiality.
    5. Ability to communicate with colleagues, follow instructions, and use problem solving and other skills that will enable the paraeducator to work as an effective member of the instructional team.
    6. Ability to provide positive behavioral support and management.
    7. Knowledge of the legal issues related to the education of children and youth with disabilities and their families.
    8. Awareness of diversity among the children, youth, families, and colleagues with whom they work.
    9. Knowledge and application of the elements of effective instruction to assist teaching and learning as developed by the certificated/licensed staff in a variety of settings.
    10. Ability to utilize appropriate strategies and techniques to provide instructional support in teaching and learning as developed by the certificated/licensed staff.
    11. Ability to motivate and assist children and youth.
    12. Knowledge of and ability to follow health, safety, and emergency procedures of the agency where they are employed.
    13. Awareness of the ways in which technology can assist teaching and learning.
    14. Awareness of personal care and/or health related support.

    Level II Requirements:

    • Two years of satisfactory evaluations 
    • 10 hours per year of training in areas related to employee's position
    Level III Requirements:
    • Two years of satisfactory evaluations
    • 10 hours per year of training in areas related to employee's position

    ParaPro Assessment - For more information contact Human Resources at 425-385-4112 or 4113

    Additional Paraeducator training may also be available on

    Paraeducator.com - www.paraeducator.com

    Northwest Education Service District 189 - http://www.esd189.org/professional/para-ed.html

    Puget Sound Educational Service District - https://www.psesd.org/

    Everett Community College

    Western Washington University