Paraeducators are school employees who assist teachers or other licensed professionals by performing a variety of tasks that enhance learning. They work under the supervision of teachers or other professionals who are responsible for the education, design, implementation and assessment of instruction. Paraeducators may also be referred to as paraprofessionals, teacher associates or teacher aides.
Iowa has three levels of paraeducator certification: Generalist, Area of Concentration and Advanced. Kirkwood offers courses that meet state requirements for all three levels.