Arkansas Teacher Assistant Requirements


Requirements to work in Title I School

NCLB’s Highly Qualified Standard applies as a requirement for all teacher assistants seeking employment in Title I schools. An instructional paraprofessional in a Title I schoolwide program or Title I targeted assistance program who is paid with Title I funds is required to meet at least ONE of following requirements in the state of Arkansas:

  • Successfully complete at least two years (48 semester hours) of study at an institution of higher education
  • An associates degree from an institution of higher learning
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and the ability to assist in the instruction of, reading, writing, and math by passing a formal and state approved assessment such as the ACT Work Keys, ParaPro Assessment(passing score is a 459), or a local assessment

Other Qualifications you may need to meet:
CPR/First Aid certification

Be physically able to complete the necessary tasks given such as standing for long periods of time.

Pass state and federal background checks which may involve fingerprinting