• Paraeducator Core Competencies

    There are 14 competencies which address paraeducator knowledge and skill needs for areas ranging from assisting with general instruction to providing life skills management assistance to students. Educational Service Districts provide professional development opportunities to paraeducators and their teachers to ensure students are provided services and instruction through a team approach.

    To work in education and related services programs for children and youth with disabilities, paraeducators will demonstrate:

    1. Understanding the value 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.