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Paraeducator Certification

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. A grade of at least a C is required in each course. Please note, this certification is issued by the state, not Kirkwood. For a list of course schedules, click here.

There is a great scholarship available for paraeducators. Click on the scholarship link on the right side and Sunny Story for more information.


For More Information Contact:

Doug Van Oort
Associate Professor/Coordinator
1017 Cedar Hall
319-398-4936
800-332-2055 ext. 4936
Doug.Van.Oort@kirkwood.edu