There are many different paraprofessionals, but they all share one common goal: to help others.
What is a paraprofessional?
A paraprofessional is a professional who works in a supportive role to a professional in various fields. They are also known as paraprofessionals or para-pros.
What do paraprofessionals do?
There are many different types of paraprofessionals, and their duties vary depending on the field they work in. Some common examples of paraprofessionals include:
- Teachers’ aides
- Nurses’ aides
- Medical assistants
- Legal assistants
- Psychiatric aides
Becoming a paraprofessional is a great way to start a career in a specific field without having to commit to a four-year degree program. Paraprofessionals can work in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, clinics, law offices, and government agencies. Whether they work with children or adults, in schools or hospitals, paraprofessionals strive to improve the lives of those they work with.
If you have an interest in working in education but don’t want to commit to becoming a teacher, you may want to consider becoming a paraprofessional. Education Paraprofessionals or paraeducators work alongside teachers in classrooms and provide support to students, teachers, and families.
Becoming a paraprofessional is a great way to gain experience in the education field and to see if teaching is the right career path for you. It’s also a great way to give back to your community and make a difference in the lives of children.
There are a few things you should know before you decide to become a paraprofessional.
How do you become a paraprofessional?
If you’re someone with an interest in becoming a paraprofessional, the first step is to research the requirements in your state and decide if the job is right for you. Once you’ve done that, you can begin the process of completing the necessary education and/or training.
Paraprofessionals typically have a high school diploma or GED and possibly a college degree or some college experience. In addition to being trained in their specific field and passing a drug test and background check.
What kind of experience are you looking for?
If you’re considering becoming a paraprofessional, there are a few things you should know.
- paraprofessionals come from all walks of life and have a wide range of experiences. There is no one-size-fits-all definition of what it takes to be a paraprofessional.
- paraprofessionals play a vital role in the lives of those they work with, but they are not licensed professionals. Paraprofessionals are not required to have a college degree, but they must have a high school diploma or GED.
- paraprofessionals typically earn a lower salary than licensed professionals, but the job is still very rewarding.
What kind of salary can I expect to make?
In terms of salary, paraprofessionals generally make between $20,000 and $35,000 a year. Of course, your exact salary will depend on factors like your experience, education, and the district you work in.
Academics and Certificates Required to Become a Paraprofessional
To become a paraprofessional, individuals must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Some states require paraprofessionals to have completed some college coursework, while others require paraprofessionals to have an associate’s degree. A few states have no specific requirements for paraprofessionals.
Most paraprofessionals are required to take and pass a test to become certified. The test that is required varies by state, but it is typically the ParaPro test. This test covers basic skills and knowledge that are necessary to work effectively with students who have disabilities.
You will also need to obtain a certification to work as a paraprofessional. The type of certification you will need will vary by state, but it is typically the Paraprofessional Educator License (PEL). To obtain this license, you will need to complete a certain amount of continuing education credits (CECs) every year. The number of CECs required varies by state, but it is typically between 10 and 20 credits.
Once an individual has met all of the academic and certificate requirements, they can apply for a paraprofessional position. You will need to maintain your certification by completing the required number of CECs every year. In most states, the number of CECs required is between 10 and 20 credits.
The job of a paraprofessional is to provide support to licensed professionals in a variety of settings. While there are no formal education requirements to become a paraprofessional, for anyone with an interest in becoming a paraprofessional, the first step is to research the requirements in your state and decide if the job is right for you. Once you’ve done that, you can begin the process of completing the necessary education and training. I’m an education para and most of A Para Pro content will be based on that. Let me know in the comments below which paraprofessional field you have an interest in.