Where can I find local resources about becoming a paraeducator
It depends on your state but may involve a number of steps.
- Typically jobs are posted by individual school districts. You can obtain a list of districts and their contact information from your state office of education’s website. If you don’t know what that is or don’t have access to the internet just call a local school and ask for the web address or telephone number. Jobs are typically posted on-line or at the district office. Check with the Human Resource Director in the district of interest for specific job listings.
- Jobs will often be posted according to specific programs such as “special education, Title 1, ESL, 504, etc.” Keep in mind that many jobs (especially Title 1 positions) will require you to have an associate degree or 2 year’s of education at a college or university or ask you to pass a test to prove that you are ‘highly qualified” before they will hire you. Each state is different so be sure to ask what the hiring policy is when you are considering a particular job.
- Also, consider asking for help on the regional discussions section of our message board for your specific state.