A paraprofessional educator is a teaching-related position within a school generally responsible for specialized or concentrated assistance for students in elementary and secondary schools.

Paraeducator Training

Job Description

A paraprofessional educator, alternatively known as a paraeducator, para-pro, educational assistant, teacher’s aide or classroom assistant, is a teaching-related position within a school generally responsible for specialized or concentrated assistance for students in elementary and secondary schools.

Program Description

This 6-week course is designed to prepare individuals to work as a paraprofessional, also known as a paraeducator. This course will also give an overview on current SEL (social and emotional learning) techniques and best practices. A paraeducator is an employee who assists teachers and/or other professional educators or therapists in the delivery of instructional and related services to students. The paraeducator works under the direct supervision of the teacher or other certified or licensed professional. The ultimate responsibility for the design, implementation and evaluation of instructional programs, including assessment of student progress, is a collaborative effort of certified and licensed staff. (ct.gov). At the end of the course students will be ready to sit for the ParaPro exam and be prepared for job searching in the field. This program is offered in conjunction with Tunxis Community College.

Admission Requirements

Students must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED to enroll in this course, as well as have proficient computer and communication skills.

Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage is $28,900.

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Program Contact

Sue Champagne
860.253.3028
schampagne@asnuntuck.edu