Paraprofessional Educator

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About the Program

Iowa Western offers the State of Iowa (BOEE) approved Paraeducator Generalist Certification. This certification allows one to assist in any classroom K-12, alongside a certified Teacher. This is a 6-week online course, with online assignments and a weekly mandatory 2-hour Zoom session with the instructor.

  • Work alongside a teacher in a K-12 classroom in as little as six weeks
  • Convenient Classes Composed of Online assignments and 1) 2-hour Zoom Session per week. Great for Busy Schedules

The training includes six competencies defined by the BoEE to cover the vital skills needed for a paraeducator to be successful in the classroom.

  • Foundations
  • Learning Environment
  • Content & Instruction
  • Emotional and Behavioral
  • Professional Relationships
  • Ethical and Professional Practice

Requirements Before Starting

Prerequisites Include:

  • Students must be 18 Years or Older at the time of Registration
  • Students must possess a High School Diploma or Equivalency

Mandatory Requirements Include:

  • Background Check
  • Fingerprinting
  • 10 Hours of Classroom Practicum


$375 | Tuition
$40 | State Application*
$75 | Background Check*
* Not included in the course

*Classes are currently being updated, if you don’t see a specific course call the Continuing Ed office at 712-325-3256 or view the list here

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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 [email protected]Cancellations: 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.