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Guidelines for Educational Paraprofessional Certification


(Paraprofessionals are those individuals with job titles of educational paraprofessional or program assistant.)


In order to meet the requirement to become a “certified” paraprofessional, there are two (2) options:   



Option #1:       You must have either completed at least two years of study (at least 60 semester hours) from an institution of higher education, or have obtained an Associate’s degree or higher.  If you have a foreign degree, you must have it translated into English, and have the credits evaluated.  For information on having foreign transcripts evaluated, please visit www.naces.org.

(If you qualify to be a certified paraprofessional under Option 1, please attach your transcripts at the time you register/apply with OCPS online.)


Option #2:       You must have passed the ETS Parapro test with a score of 464 or above.  All paras and program assistants are eligible to take the exam; however, Title I can only pay the exam fee for those in Title I schools.  If a passing score is not obtained, Title I will pay the test fee if the test is retaken.   For non-title I paras and program assistants, your cost to take the exam is $40.00.  The test is offered in paper/pencil testing sessions and on-line format.  Please click on this link for the Parapro Assessment website www.ets.org/parapro or contact the OCPS Title I office at 407.317.3340 for information regarding this test. 

(If you have passed the ETS Parapro exam, please attach a copy at the time you register/apply with OCPS online.)




If you need further assistance in regards to paraprofessional certification for No Child Left Behind, please contact Compensation Services, 407.317.3387 or the Title I office, 407.317.3340.