May 19, 2024  
NIACC Catalog 2024-2025 
NIACC Catalog 2024-2025

Paraeducator Certificate

Paraeducators provide assistance to a variety students including those with and without disabilities, with health needs, with limited English, and others. They work in a range of educational settings including general education classrooms, special education settings, lunchrooms, playgrounds, school buses, vocational work sites, computer labs, and school media centers. They provide instructional support to children and youth in early childhood, elementary, middle school, secondary school programs, and in residential educational facilities. The service of paraeducators contributes significantly to the success of individual children and youth, schools, and educational programs. 

Career Opportunities

Paraeducators work under the supervision of teachers or other licensed personnel. Career opportunities include working as a paraprofessional, educational aide, associate, or instructional aide.

Upon successful completion of the Paraeducator Certificate curriculum with a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or higher, the student is awarded a Certificate.

Total Program Hours: 7 s.h.