Paraprofessional Educator

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Requirements Before Starting

  • 18 Years or Older at the Time of Registration
  • High School Diploma or Equivalency
  • Completion of a Ten-Hour Practicum at a School Under the Supervision of a Licensed Educator
  • Computer with Internet Access
  • Zoom Sessions are MANDATORY


$999 | Tuition

$40 | State Application*

$75 | Background Check*

* Not included in the course

About the Program

  • Get into the Classroom in as little as 90 Hours
  • Convenient Classes Composed of Online and Zoom Sessions. Great for Busy Schedules

The Paraeducator Generalist Certificate course is a 90-hour program developed to train individuals to work under the supervision of teachers or other licensed personnel in the classroom setting. The training includes six competencies defined by the BoEE to cover the vital skills needed for a paraeducator to be successful in the classroom. The six competencies include Foundations, Learning Environment, Content and Instruction, Emotional and Behavioral, Professional Relationships, and Ethical and Professional Practice. The program will be offered as a hybrid course with face-to-face sessions and online work. Students are expected to attend 100% of the face-to-face classes and must have access to a computer/internet outside of class time in order to take the courses. Students also must complete a ten-hour practicum at a school under the supervision of a licensed educator.

  • NOTE: This course is NOT appropriate for teachers to take for license renewal and it is NOT appropriate for RENEWAL of a Paraeducator Certification.
  • This is a Hybrid* Course

*Mixture of Online and In-Person Classes

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Are you an Iowa resident? You may qualify for FREE tuition for one of the four programs listed below!
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Refunds: You may cancel your registration 5 business days prior to the start of the class date and receive a 100% refund excluding the $50 non-refundable processing fee. If contacting outside Iowa Western Community College’s Continuing Education Department business hours, leave a voicemail and or send the department an email. Iowa Western’s Continuing Education is not responsible for refunds if contact is not pursued via voicemail and or email. In compliance with the IWCC policy, refunds will only be produced in the form of a check.  A check will be issued within 14 business days after the refund is admitted to the customer. Refund will be sent to the customer’s address that is on file. Certain program restrictions may apply. Contact Continuing Education for more details at ce@iwcc.eduCancellations: Iowa Western reserves the right to cancel any class where difficulties arise in staffing or scheduling or where a minimum enrollment is not achieved.  A full refund will be issued for all canceled classes.  Transfers/Withdrawals: Transfers may be subject to $25.00 transfer fee.  Non-attendance for a class does not constitute a withdrawal and refunds are not issued for non-attendance.  Transfers may be made up to two full business days (unless otherwise noted in the class information) prior to the start date of the class.  After that time, transfers will not be permitted and no refund will be issued.