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Paraeducator Generalist Certificate CBPD-8310

This accelerated online program is open to anyone interested in taking classes to earn their Paraeducator Generalist Certificate. Along with online training, you will be required to complete 10 hours of supervised field experience in a K-12 classroom. After satisfactory completion of the program, you must apply for the Paraeducator Generalist Certification through the State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.  Applying for the certificate through the state costs $115.  Classes include: Exploring Teaching (online) and Behavior Management (online).

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Industry Credentials Earned:
Completion of this program will qualify the student to apply for a Paraeducator Generalist Certification through the State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.

Entrance Requirements/Prerequisites:
Students must be at least 18 years old.

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Length of Program and CEU Credits:
96 hours (about 16 weeks), 11.52 CEUs

Program Completion Requirements:
This is a pass/fail program. Students must pass both classes, demonstrate math competency, and have 10 hours of supervised experience in a K-12 classroom in order to be eligible for state certification. Math competency is shown by earning at least a 21% on the ALEKS Math Assessment, having a math ACT score of at least 17, or proof of attainment of an A.A., B.A., or B.S. degree in which the student passed a college level math course.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the rewards, challenges, roles, and responsibilities of teachers and paraeducators.
  • Develop generic teaching skills applicable from preschool through high school.
  • Analyze and discuss common teaching problems through case studies.
  • Develop strategies for helping others manage their own behavior.
  • Gain and apply researched based strategies to help with respectful skills of prevention, observation, data collection and change of behavior of students in K-12 classrooms. 

Learning Outcomes:
Students completing this program will develop skills and confidence in handling challenging academic and behavioral issues. Upon successful completion of this course, students can submit an application through the Iowa State Board of Education to obtain a Paraeducator Generalist Certification.

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